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Middle Ages WebQuest
Transcript of Middle Ages WebQuest
What is Feudalism?!
William the Conqueror
defeats Harold in Battle of Hastings
not popular AT ALL among the English
needed a way to maintain control
part of upper class
NOT kings or queens
ex: Dukes, Counts, Earls
land they owned: protected by knights
Social and Economic Structure
How to Manage England For Dummies
used to tax the people
worked to maintain law and order
to keep track: The Domesday Book
born a peasant, stay a peasant
bottom of the social pyramid
typically farmers, millers, tavern owners, etc.
peasants ARE NOT SERFS.
serfs ARE NOT SLAVES.
serfs ARE NOT OWNED. LAND IS OWNED.
basic agreement: serf will work on land; lord will protect serf
How Manors Supported Themselves:
farming and hunting on land of manor
serfs grew food and served to nobles
manors would hire knights for protection
independent from other manors
filled with necessary places (ex. Church)
It's Always About Trade
How it Started
most important factor: The Crusades
Palestine opened up Eastern World
trading posts: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, etc.
What Was Traded?
1000s more rare items
developed roads and security
caused Portugal to set sail!