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- feudal system,
Origin of feudalism
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Then she and Red got into an argument about Putin, the Russian character and when Tsarism and feudalism truly ended in Russia.
The subtenants of the manorial estates and great farms (corresponding to the class of ‘free tenants’ in the old Feudalism).War of the Classes|Jack London
The whole thing has a fine feudal air, though it was erected on the ruins of feudalism.A Little Tour in France|Henry James
The peril in which feudalism was placed revived their ancient sentiments.Tancred|Benjamin Disraeli
That in the ornamental jobs, those that are relics of feudalism and snobbery, women should supplant men is not surprising.With the French in France and Salonika|Richard Harding Davis
We are emancipating ourselves, among other badges of the slavery of feudalism, from the inconvenient dress of the European female.
a coinage of historians, first attested 1839; see feudal. Feudal system attested from 1776.
A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society. (See fief and vassal.)