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However, during the later Middle Ages, this situation changed greatly. The power of the  Church declined as monarchies rose up to consolidate feudal manors into powerful city- states and nation-states that often opposed the Church in matters of tax collection and  legal jurisdiction. Along with the rise of monarchies came the rise of the money  economy. As monarchs brought peace to feudal society, feudal lords concentrated less  upon defending their lands and more upon accruing large quantities of cash, with which  they improved their style of living and dabbled in the growing market economy. The  practice of serfdom declined and former serfs soon became tenant farmers and even  landowners rather than subservient slave-like laborers. As the trade of agricultural and  manufactured goods grew in importance, cities also became more important.  Strategically located and wealthy cities became populous and modern, and some cities 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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