My favorite subject from the Middle Ages is the feudalism system. In the feudalism system, there were many promises and debts that governed relations between everyone. The church was on the top of the feudalism hierarchy, after that came the king, then nobles, then vassals, then artisans, and then peasants and serfs, at the bottom. This in itself does not make feudalism particularly more interesting than other events in the Middle Ages, but the fact that a similar government was prominent in feudal Japan. 

Samurai took the place of knights, or vassals, and daimyos took the place of land owning lords. There was also a lower class of rice farmers that existed in the serfs place, although they weren't quite as bound to their land. This similarity between two separated cultures is what made feudalism the most interesting topic of the Middle Ages; to me, of course.

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