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Medieval Essay. “In 12th Century Scotland and England, the strengths of the Feudal System considerably outweighed its weaknesses.” How accurate is this view?. The King . Benefits . The feudal structure placed the King firmly in control of the realm – Argument

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Medieval Essay

“In 12th Century Scotland and England, the strengths of the Feudal System considerably outweighed its weaknesses.” How accurate is this view?


The king
The King

Benefits

  • The feudal structure placed the King firmly in control of the realm – Argument

  • The King could also use judicial rights as a form of patronage - KU

  • Through the oath of fealty he controlled the Barons – KU

  • The King was the supreme judge within the realm so had ultimate power- KU

  • The King was capable of increasing his own revenue through the feudal system - KU

You will want to use 2 benefits to back up your argument


The king1

Weaknesses

The King

  • The King had to depend on the loyalty of those below him – Argument

  • If his Barons were to rebel then many of the advantages the King enjoyed would cease to be– KU

    • Young Henry and Richard revolted against their father (Henry 2nd) - KU

Overall the Strengths of the Feudal system outweighed its weaknesses for the King

You will want to use 1 weakness to back up your argument


The nobles barons

Benefits

The Nobles/Barons

  • The Barons could exploit their land in the same way that the king did, but on a smaller scale – Argument

  • Lands received gave Barons/Nobles privileges that led to wealth – KU

  • These privileges gave Barons/Nobles judicial control, the right to bear arms, build castles and hold tournaments etc - KU

You will want to use 2 benefits to back up your argument


The nobles barons1

Weaknesses

The Nobles/Barons

  • As with the King the Barons/Nobles had to rely on the loyalty of their tenants – Argument

  • They were required to perform 40 days of military service for the King – KU

  • The ability to summon an army could be inconvenient or dangerous - KU

Overall the Strengths of the Feudal system outweighed its weaknesses for the King

You will want to use 1 weakness to back up your argument


The church
The Church

Benefits

  • In England the church was considered part of the feudal structure and thus benefited from grants of land from the King- Argument

  • This increased its wealth – KU

  • Some of the feudal incidents were irrelevant - KU

    • It never had to pay relief’s (inheritance tax) as it never died - KU

You will want to use 2 benefits to back up your argument


The church1

Weaknesses

The Church

  • It was considered part of the feudal structure – Argument

  • Liable for military service - KU

  • Had to pay/raise levies to/for the King – KU

You can make your own mind up here, do the benefits outweigh the weakness?

You will want to use 1 weakness to back up your argument


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