I have been reading about the system of social polity that was widespread in Europe in the Middle Ages. I assumed it had its origin among the Romans, but I was surprised to learn that German tribes originated

Feudalism

Realty-Fealty
Serfdom and vassalage,
Feudal allegiance to
Lord and to fief,
Ended with buboes from
BlackDeath(Yersinia);
Those who survived got a
New lease on life.


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