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The fall of Rome in 476 A.D. altered the map of Europe. The once great Roman Empire was replaced by hundreds of little kingdoms. It is important to remember that the central government collapsed when Rome fell.

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The fall of Rome

in 476 A.D. altered

the map of Europe.

The once great

Roman Empire was

replaced by

hundreds of little

kingdoms.


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It is important to remember that

the central government collapsed when

Rome fell.


Without a central government, hundreds of kingdoms emerged. These kingdoms frequently went to war with one another.

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Without a central government to

collect taxes and maintain an

imperial army, life became uncertain.


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Indeed

the

Early

Middle

Ages

was a

dangerous

time.


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Warfare increased. Education

decreased. Danger was

everywhere.


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It was a dangerous

time to be a

peasant. Poor

people turned

to rich landowners

and their armies for

protection.


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Many peasants became serfs. They worked for lords in exchange

for protection and could not leave

their lord’s land.


And a new political and military

system developed. It was known

as feudalism and it involved the

exchange of land for military service.

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Lords owned land.

They gave land to their vassals.

Vassals had to obey

lords and provide

military service and loyalty to lords.

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A fief was all of the

Lord’s land. The

manor was part

of the fief. The

manor was the part

of the fief where

the peasants farmed

and the people lived.

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A new economic system developed

known as manorialism. Since people

lived on the lord’s manor and the

manor was self-sufficient, the manor

produced all that people needed.


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In dangerous times, it was

safest to stay close to home.


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