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Vassals were appointed by a lord to protect him in exchange of land. Knights were the most common protectors of lords. Vassals were given a certain number of serfs to work their lord's lands. Nevertheless, vassals not only had to protect their lord. They also had to pay a very high percentage of their earnings. This somewhat discouraged vassals from doing business with lords; which, at some point, helped the decay of Feudalism.

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