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Feudalism

If you like knights in shining armor, kings, queens, lords, ladies, and plagues, BrainPOP’s got a topic you’ll love! In this movie on feudalism, Tim and Moby explain the system of promises and obligations that kept European society stable during the Middle Ages. Discover how the mighty Roman Empire broke apart into small, independent kingdoms, and how rulers kept their territories strong by giving land to people who pledged to support and protect them. Learn about the privileges granted to rich medieval lords, as well as the hardships faced by poor serfs, who performed backbreaking labor for very little reward. Finally, find out how the Black Death helped end the feudal system, and how Europe took its first tentative steps toward modernity. Some 90 percent of the medieval population was completely uneducated--but you don’t have to follow in their footsteps. So click on this movie and learn!

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