The agrarian society encouraged Domus in contrasts to nuclear families because
the Domus served as a function to the community better then the nuclear family did. The
Domus also served as a utility for the people that were in it. A Domus evolved from a
manor system of living. The manor was the fundamental unit of economic, political and
social organization for a society. Under this rule, peasants were able to attain economic,
political, and social organization. Peasants lived in a manor that was headed by a lord.
They were a small community that lived within the confines of a lord's estate. The
average manor also consisted of shops that manufactured clothing, shoes, tools, and also
In a manor system, the lord controlled up to several villages. Each peasant had
their own land to farm on. They also had animals including cows (for milk)
and poultry (for food). There was a village priests that held religious services and also did
sacramental services including weddings and funerals.
It was up to the lord to plan the
defending of the manor from outside attacks.
When a manor was under attack from a rival lord, the peasants usually found
haven in the walls of the lord's house. The lord's house was usually a well fortified castle.
Peasants lived, worked, and died within the lord's estate. For being under the jurisdiction
of the lord, peasants had to remain on the land and notify the lord when they were leaving
Manorialism and feudalism provided a stable social order where everybody knew
their place. People believed that society functioned when they knew their status and
roles within a community. The nuclear family only consisted of a man, his wife,
children, and maid. The Domus proved to be more useful and appropriate. Instead of...