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The Middle Ages
In the Middle Ages, what was the manorial system?
In medieval times, the house that the local lord lived in was called the manor house. The manorial system gets its name from that. The person living in the manor house (the local lord) was tasked with protecting the people in the local village. In exchange, the people in the village made sure the noble had all the food and anything else he might want for himself or his family. Together, the lord and the village made up a unit called the manor. This system of protection for provision was called the manorial system. The manor was the lowest building block in the pyramid of the feudal system. (At the very top was the king.) Many manors made up a fief and were pledged to the same noble. The Manorial System