This picture represents feudalism in which there were a handful of wealthy elites and aristocrats who exploited the large peasant population. Feudalism was a social, economic, and cultural system. It was an agricultural society that relied on the labor of peasants. In feudal societies, peasants, who were illiterate, often blamed their poverty on God because the Church contended that inequality was God-ordained. They believed that high social status and wealth were signs of God’s favor and did not question the status-quo.
Here is a funny scene from the “Holy Grail” that humorously illustrates peasant life in Feudalism:
-Tae Hee Koo