Estates of The Realm

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A classification concept, “Estates of The Realm” was a basic idea used around the 9th Century, to divide Medieval Society in 3 different “Groups”. These were: “Those Who Worked, Those Who Prayed and Those Who Fought”. The concept was very complicated. In the 12th Century, the emergence of active groups of Townsmen (ranging from wealthy to poor) came into being. Mostly in the Crafts Trade, they would form into a “Community of The Realm” for political purposes. The use of “Common Law” and ”Voting Rights” were beginning to develop (despite the continuing use of The Estate System). By the 13th Century, it was cutomary for local and Regional Burgesse's of Towns (as well as Shire Knights) – to be summoned into a “General Assembly”. This was mostly typical of England only. This Assemblage would develop into The House of Commons. They had significant powers with regards to the levying and collection of taxes. In turn, Barons and members of the Upper Clergy formed their own gathering (called The House of Lords). The two Executive Branches would work together (not always) for the “common good” of Commoner and Royalty alike.