THE PYRAMID OF HIERARCHY

The Kings headed the pyramid. They controlled the land and military. A famous king was Emperor Go-Daigo.
The powerful Lords where also called powerful Nobles. They received land from the Emperor or King. The Gave land and protection to the Lesser Lords also called Samurai. In return the Samurai gave loyalty and military support. The Peasants and townspeople where the lowest rank of the pyramid. They preformed labor for all the classes above. Peasants lived in manors. Manors where large farming estates that where owned by Lords.

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The Pyramid of Hierarchy & Obligations