Why did trade and travel decline after the fall of Rome?
After Rome had fallen, trade and travel declined because there wasn’t a government to keep the roads and bridges in good condition.
Feudalism is the system of government that gives greater power to the state and less power to the national government.
Why did the feudal system develop after the fall of the Roman Empire?
During the years of the Roman Empire, the poor people were protected by the soldiers of the emperor. When the empire fell, there were no laws protecting them, so they turned to the lords to keep the peace and to act on their behalf. This willingness to be ruled by the lords led to the beginnings of feudalism.
What were the connections between the Holy Roman Empire and the Church?
The first Holy Roman Emperor was Charlemagne. The Pope appointed him so there was a strong connection between the Church and the empire. The Church was considered above the empire just like heaven is of greater importance than earth.
What were the benefits supposedly derived from the feudal system?
The benefits supposedly derived from feudalism is protection and self-sufficiency. Each fief had to be able to protect itself from a quick raid from the barbarians at any moment. This was not possible without the feudal system.
Why and in what ways did kings and central governments grow stronger at the end of the Middle Ages?
At the end of the Middle Ages, kings and central governments grew stronger. Cities and towns attached their prosperity to the kings not the lords. They paid taxes to the king that gave the king more money to spend in controlling the lords who had been largely independent of him.