Dependency and the lower orders. Serfs had a specific place in feudal society, as did barons and knights: in return for protection, a serf would reside upon and work a parcel of land within the manor of his lord.
Considering this, what did the Lords have to provide for the serfs?
Serfs in the middle ages were generally peasant farmers who provided manual labor in their master's land. The peasants would pay the lord some dues (in the form of labor) in exchange for using part of the lord's land to generate their own food.
Why did serfdom end in Western Europe?
In Western Europe serfdom became progressively less common through the Middle Ages, particularly after the Black Death reduced the rural population and increased the bargaining power of workers. In England, the end of serfdom began with the Peasants' Revolt in 1381.
When were the serfs freed in England?
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.