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What were the responsibilities of the nobles during the High Middle Ages?

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I will answer the question with reference to feudalism as we understand it England, but its form was widespread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages (ca. 1100-1500), with the High Middle Ages in the 13th through the 14th centuries.  In England,  feudalism during the Middle Ages attains its highest expression after William the Conqueror of Normandy defeated the Anglo-Saxons under Harold in 1066 (after the death of Edward the Confessor, who appointed Harold as his successor).  The feudal society in England created by William can be thought of as a ladder, with William on the top rung, and lesser nobles to peasants on the descending rungs.

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