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Social Classes of England (1500-1600)
Transcript of Social Classes of England (1500-1600)
Emily Dominguez Peasants Nobility was
In manor houses
Drafty, Dingy, Damp
Built for protection, Not for comfort
Lived a more comfortable life than common people Nobility Royalty consisted of-
Their life styles-
Lived in castles Royalty Gentry The Courtiers-
replaced knights as the primary military unit in national armies
Their life styles-
Protected the King
Give king a sence of ease Courtiers Social class Pyramid Peasants were-
At the bottom of the feudal system.
Their life styles-
Hard and harsh
Worked on fields owned by lords
Controlled by farming year
Jobs had to be done in certain times of the year
Lived in cruck houses
Payed taxes and tithe The Gentry consisted of anyone who was beneath the royal families and the nobility
Normally wealthy landowners
Had the right to bear arms
Essentially upper-class commoners
were not titles of nobility despite their wealth.
(Peasantry are part of the gentry but the lowest class of it
Not given the same opportunity) the end Roles of peasants They were paid workers usually on farms. They were low born and had no right to bear arms or to any title. They were however allowed to own land and many were small farmers. Many peasant families worked together on their land to produce food for the entire family and sold any surpluses at the market in the cities
The Medieval Nobles were all members of Parliament
For nobles, a title would be rewarded to a person who performed some service to the monarch and would usually be passed down to each new generation.
The nobility, the highest ranking citizens of a country besides the royal family, consisted of anyone who had been summoned to Parliament. Usually they were the owners of a vassalage, land given to them for their allegiance and services to the ruling monarch. Roles of Nobility The ruler of an empire, during medieval times an emperor was given precedence over all others, including kings. The title was created as an attempt to link the ruling monarchs to the traditional customs of the ancient Romans, and thus emperors frequently claimed a divine right to also become the leader of the church. It should be noted that areas that were ruled by emperors did not also have kings in their royal social structure.The female equivalent of an emperor is an empress. Roles of Royalty While the peasantry has been completely abolished for years, the titles of the gentry are still being used in modern society although they have come to mean something completely different. For instance a knight is no longer a man of military service but someone who is given royal recognition for their contributions to society. Likewise an esquire has long been exclusively used to mean a member of the educated class especially lawyers. Also a gentleman is no longer an actual title but means someone who is well mannered or considerate Information on Gentry •always be truthful to his prince, even oppose him when necessary
•be quick-witted and charming
•prudent and scholarly
•accomplished in music, festivities and games
•eager to provide encouragement and virtuous guidance to his prince Rules of being a Courtiers (cc) image by rocketboom on Flickr Emperor
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