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Miss Charette

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Transcript of Feudalism

Feudalism Feudalism A political system based on reciprocal relationships between the
Lords (who own land) and the vassals (who protect the land). Feudal= Contract Political System:
As in: Distribution of power A contract with who? Peasant
Serf Knights Lords and Vassals Kings Life of a Peasant - 90% of people in the middle ages worked the land

-It was hard physical labour

-free peasants: paid rent, could have a business

-un-free peasants: gave the lord part of the food they grew to earn their stay Life of a Knight Take two minutes and write down
3 ways why the life of a serf was difficult during
I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the
Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen. A Vassal’s Oath of Allegiance.
Thus shall one take the oath of fidelity:
By the Lord before whom this sanctuary is holy, I will to N. be true and faithful, and love all
which he loves and shun all which he shuns, according to the laws of God and the order of the
world. Nor will I ever with will or action, through word or deed, do anything which is unpleasing
to him, on condition that he will hold to me as I shall deserve it, and that he will perform
everything as it was in our agreement when I submitted myself to him and chose his will -The King had the most power under the Feudal System

-He distributes the land to lesser lords or Vassals

-The Vassals distribute fields to peasants The Church was the most important institution in the lives of people in the middle ages! Lords and Vassals were those who entered into agreements with the king.
They were given land by the king, and in exchanged they offered their knights and
the food the peasants made. Practice bubble On a Piece of paper draw the following chart: Concept Map Middle Ages Knights Castles Thomas
Aquinas Body Body Body Body Body Body Body Body Body Knights did, indeed, fight!
But Why? What did they fight for? WHY? The life you live on earth is not as important
as the life you will live in Heaven. Everyone in the middle ages wanted to make sure they went to Heaven!! As part of his reciprocal relationship with a vassal , a knight will be given land in exchange for protecting it. According to what we learned today, how would you describe life in the Middle Ages? The life of peasants
The life of knights
The life of vassals Name 3 factors that made the life of a Peasant
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