How did Tenures Abolition Act of 1660 change feudalism in England?

By abolishing feudal obligations of those holding those feudal tenures other than by socage, such as by a knight’s fee, it standardized most feudal tenancies of the aristocracy and gentry. The Act converted more of their tenures into ones which demanded nil or negligible impositions to the Crown.

Who owns the land in feudalism?

The king

The king was the absolute “owner” of land in the feudal system, and all nobles, knights, and other tenants, termed vassals, merely “held” land from the king, who was thus at the top of the feudal pyramid.

When did serfdom End in England?


Great Britain

In England, the end of serfdom began with the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. It had largely died out in England by 1500 as a personal status and was fully ended when Elizabeth I freed the last remaining serfs in 1574.

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