There is no central government or army in this period. In royal family, you marry your son or daughter to another royal family in a foreign country so that when these two countries are in war, you will have alliance. Women were under husband s control after being married: wives: for bearing a son (an heir) Power for a woman is to have a son and wait till he becomes the king. Wife has the pressure to have lots of children, including girls. The husbands will trust their wives to run the state: patriarch client relationship : more powerful person claim protection to lower status people and the lower status people, in return, promise loyalty. There are tremendous social inequality-90% of the population are servants. The peasants are bounded to the land/indenture (they owe labour work to the noble family) So that the men can work better by having the wife to provide food for their household.