posted by jason .
Which do you think best describes the word Feudalism??
a system designed to increase the power of lords rather than vassals
a reciprocal personal economic and political relationship between lords, vassals and peasants
Probably the first one, although there's some truth to the second one, too.
"A political and economic system of Europe from the 9th to about the 15th century, based on the holding of all land in fief or fee and the resulting relation of lord to vassal and characterized by homage, legal and military service of tenants, and forfeiture."