feudal system

noun
the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal.

Origin:
1770–80

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Example sentences
As the feudal system emerged, the castle evolved into the center of governance
  for a village and surrounding farmlands.
After all, the increasingly feudal system served him well.
It basically describes the feudal system, or variations on political systems
  founded upon clientage.
It is concerned with many practical matters and specific grievances relevant to
  the feudal system under which they lived.
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