Ask Mr. Donn
The Middle Ages
What is the difference between a serf and a peasant?
A serf was not allowed to leave their farm and move somewhere else, even if they wanted to. The farm could be bought and sold by nobles, but the serfs had to stay, no matter who owned the farm, and work the land. Peasants, while poor, were free to leave if they wanted to. This was a violent time. Serfs and peasants worked the land. The noble, in exchange for the bulk of the food and goods they produced, was tasked to protect them from invaders. Commoners