Beside this, did serfs have rights?
The serf was the worst fed and rewarded, but at least he had his place and, unlike slaves, had certain rights in land and property. A lord of the manor could not sell his serfs as a Roman might sell his slaves. Further, a serf could not abandon his lands without permission, nor did he possess a saleable title in them.
Secondly, what did serfs do? Serfs were the poorest of the peasant class, and were a type of slave. Lords owned the serfs who lived on their lands. In exchange for a place to live, serfs worked the land to grow crops for themselves and their lord. In addition, serfs were expected to work the farms for the lord and pay rent.
Subsequently, question is, how did lords treat serfs?
Neither could the serf marry, change his occupation, or dispose of his property without his lord’s permission. He was bound to his designated plot of land and could be transferred along with that land to a new lord . Serfs were often harshly treated and had little legal redress against the actions of their lords .
Why were serfs important in the Middle Ages?
The most important function of serfs was to work on the demesne land of their lord for two or three days each week. In addition to those born into serfdom , many free labourers unwittingly became serfs because their own small plot of land was barely sufficient for their needs.