Feudalism in Europe in the Middle Ages

Contributor: Kathryn Hay. Lesson ID: 13041

In the Middle Ages in Europe, a system developed that organized people into different roles. The types of people involved in the Feudal System are involved in roles you may already be familiar with!


World, World Cultures

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever seen a movie or read a book that involved kings, queens, or knights? There are many references in modern day movies and books with characters in these roles. What do you already know about kings, queens, knights, castles, and other related medieval people?

The Feudal System in the Middle Ages in Europe was a way of organizing people by social class or rank. There are different ways of organizing the people involved, but typically the roles of people in the Feudal System are broken into four main categories. Slide the slider below to learn more about each role:

As you can see, everyone in the system had a duty to fulfill. When someone does not uphold their duty, the system does not work properly anymore. (To learn more about the importance of roles in society, check out the Elephango lesson found under Additional Resources in the right-hand sidebar.)

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