Yes, you're right, most countries' populations were divided between the aristocracy and the desperate poor who served them. And the clergy helped to keep it that way. Scre tactics. Hell. Eternal damnation if they didn't "behave", giving their last pennies to build monumental churches and castles . On the other hand,the aristocrats were pampered by the church who in turn were pampered by the aristocracy. Richelieu, the Borgheses, the Hapsburgs, the Dutch Orange aristocrats, the French and British royal courts and the Czars to name but a few. The Church was buried under its own wealth and influence. And, the poor, what did they do, what was expected of them? Chastity, the very opposite of what was expected of the rich, honesty, also not expected of the ruling class, and beware the poor that stole food to feed his/her family. Prison, hard labour. And the crux of it all : WARS. Who fought the rich and clergy's wars? The poor, who were not expected to lower their servitude or 90% share of their crops to the "Seigneurs" in their castles whilst getting killed or maimed on the battlefield. The wives and offspring that stayed behind just redoubled their efforts, is all.<quoted text>
Is it all right to ask you Jacque how many centuries mans existence on the planet was ruled by the concept of conquer or be conquered? Prior to the existence of America, weren't most countries populations divided between the aristocracy, and the desperate poor who served them? Note that I did not say every country in mans history, just most.
Meanwhile, in Rome, Vatican City, the Pope was kidnapping children with angelic voices and castrating them in order to preserve their youthful voices, not their youth.
Yes, you're right to ask : "weren't most countries populations divided between the aristocracy"?