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The impact of the money economy upon feudal institutions in medieval Europe was one of the major factors causing the decline of feudalism. An understanding of the fief-rente helps to explain how feudalism based upon land gave way to feudalism based on money, and how ultimately non-feudal contracts became the accepted method for obtaining military and political service. The fief-rente concept epitomizes the transition from feudal to non-feudal thinking that occurred between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries.