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Feudalism was the system of protections and loyalties in the Middle Ages. As the Roman Empire began to fall, the Roman army was no longer able to protect the peasants, and so the peasants called upon the rich -- called lords -- to protect them. In return, the peasants became serfs or were otherwise bound to the lords. Serfs were, in essence, the same as slaves, except for the fact that they could not be sold.



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