After takeover, William 1 introduced Feudalism as the new system of governance in England. In order to understand the land well, he commissioned its thorough inspection and a report of the land’s worth was submitted to him. As earlier indicated in the essay, under the system of Feudalism, the King assumed sole ownership of the entire land in the king’s kingdom. In this regard, William 1 assumed sole ownership of the entire English land and subdivided it into large manageable pieces. Some of the land was awarded to the church and the other was put under the management of the Norman soldiers, knights and barons who had helped him win the Battle of Hastings. These land managers would swear an oath of loyalty to the king and were supposed to provide war men to the king in times of battles. The knights, barons and other noble people responsible for land management did also maintain a system of loyalty amongst themselves. According to Round, the original occupants of the English land got no ownership and were subjected to the harsh rule of William the Conqueror.
If surpluses are used in charity, or in cooperatives for human purposes such as home-building for the less affluent, life necessarily becomes simpler and the ideal of voluntary poverty cannot be far behind. The Christian doctrine of property becomes a reality, namely the retaining of a sufficiency of goods for an adequate life and the sharing of the remainder with the needy. In point of fact, millions of Christians, working for wages, actually live out this teaching on property. How else do we explain the world-wide network of the works of mercy supported by the small gifts of the many, Though there are Catholic millionaires, the masses of Catholics are rather the victims than the beneficiaries of corporations as they roam about the world seeking profits.