How did the Crusades affect the King's power/authority, during and after the Crusades?
They helped to break down feudalism by increasing the authority of kings.
- Some nobles died in battle without leaving an heir. Their lands passed to the king.
- Some nobles sold their land in an effort to raise money to pay the special tax levied by the king to offset the cost of the crusades.
- Some nobles gave their serfs a chance to buy their freedom in an effort to raise money they needed to buy armor and weapons
- Some young men who could buy their way out of feudal obligation joined the crusades. Many died. That reduced the work force. If a farm failed, it passed to the king.