Feudalism, prt. III – Ring-givers
I mentioned previously that feudalism was born out of the post-Roman world, and especially the Merovingian kings, but they don’t exist in-game when we start in the Charlemagne DLC. The much-hated Karlings took over from the weak Merovingians and began the Carolingian dynasty in 751 CE. It is a little hard to make out the difference between tribalism and feudalism in post-Roman Europe. They are both systems that rely on strong-men to control people and land, and the relationship between these big men and those who swear loyalty to them appears relatively the same. You would be right to see little difference. Germanic warbands of the Beowulfian type were, in the words of Norman Cantor, “the embryo of medieval feudalism,” and so appear very similar to early forms of feudalism.
The relationship between lord and vassal is much more dependent on the power of the lord. Vassals may not necessarily…
View original post 790 more words