A serf was a laborer who leased and worked land owned by a wealthy land owner in return for the serf’s protection. The land owner could be nobility, the Church or the monarch. Serfdom, the legal and economic status of peasants, became the dominant workforce during the Middle Ages up until the early 19th century in most European countries. Serfdom consists of work not only in the fields, but other various professions like forestry, transportation, and craftworks. This early to mid 20th century doll from England portrays what a serf may have looked like.
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