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Social Studies Presentation:Serfs and Freemen

Pivotal information about serfs and freemen during the Medieval era.

Aaryn Ko

on 26 September 2012

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the Medieval Times, there was a system that kept everybody 'in place'... Serfs and Freemen By Vien Siu, Aaryn K & Gloria Chioma Onuoha How did serfs and freemen live in the Middle Ages?
What was their initial worldview? If you were to choose 3-5 artifacts to represent their lifestyle and worldview of the Middle Ages, what would you choose and why? 3. What later caused them to change their worldview? The serfs and freemen were the class in feudalism. Serfs Serfs possessed no land
The serfs "belonged”to the manor
Serfs were not permitted to leave the manor without the lord’s permission because the lord's wealth depended on the labor they supplied
The serfs rarely went farther than the nearest town
Because the serfs possessed no property, they had nothing to pass on from one generation to another, so the family would just belong to the same lord continuously Freemen Freemen were allowed to work for another lord
Freemen were allowed to leave the manor without the lord’s permission Compared to the serfs, freemen had a lot more choices. After LOTS OF RESEARCHING Answers were FOUND Their WORLDVIEW: They believed the world was

They thought the world can be changed because they had no property.

They believed that the lord had the most in the manor. unequal Feudalism was a hierarchical system where people were ranked one above another according to their authority. Both serfs and freemen worked for the lords. They did all kinds of work in the manor, such as harvesting and ploughing. They did not have much choices. For example, they were not permitted to go out to town without the lord's permission. lowest Part 2 & the editor Part 1 & designing Part 3 & designing Part 2:The Artifacts authority What were Serfs ? [surf] noun. a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord,
commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another. 1. 2. a slave The Feudal System The feudal system kept everybody in place.

The church also had the most authority after the King. The church was the reason why the society in the Middle Ages were so religious. The King had the most power and made all the decisions, The lords, nobles or merchants had the most authority after the church.
They had authority because of their wealth,they usually owned a manor with countless serfs laboring for them. After that, the Knights had authority because of their service to the king and their town. They were respected. Finally, came the serfs being at the lowest in the feudal system because all they did was labor.
They did not have ample amounts of money like the merchants, lords or nobles.
They did not serve and fight the king like the knights.
They were poor, which put them at the bottom on the feudal system. Once you were born as a serf , you stayed a serf. What made it even worse? Part 1: Their initial worldview Part 3: The Change During Who were serfs? This painting is called Haying
This painting was created during the era of 1412 to 1416,
Haying was created by the Limbourg brothers, Pol, Herman and Johan.
The painting is found inside a prayer book called Les tres riches heures du Duc de Berry.
This painting represents the peasants’ lifestyle because the painting shows what peasants usually do, and shows how cooperative they were. It also showed how hard life was for the peasants, because the peasants in the painting showed no expression of joy. Serfs This painting is called The Lord Mayor of London Attacks Wat Tyler
The Lord Mayor of London Attacks Wat Tyler was painted by Jean Froissart
Painted in the late 1300’s.
The painting shows a scene of the Peasants’ Revolt, where Wat Tyler (one of the revolt leaders) was stabbed by William Walworth, the lord mayor of London.
This image represents how the peasants felt unsatisfied and felt like the feudal system was unfair. The painting has no name.
The painting’s creator is anonymous.
The painting was made during the early middle ages.
The painting shows a peasant kneeling down to a monarch.
Painting shows how much authority the Monarchs had back in the Middle Ages and shows how little authority a peasant has. A sculpture,in a frieze right above the mail portal in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The person who created this sculpture is anonymous
The sculpture is carved around the 12th to the early 13th century.
It represented what the peasants thought would happen on judgement day and their religion and fears. This sculpture is called Ploughing.
Created by Andrea Pisano at around 1336-1343.
It shows a few peasants using a large wheeled plow and three field crop rotation. These inventions helped the peasants plow more easily, making an increase in food production, making the economy grow.
It shows how inventions could help with a peasant’s life and how pivotal inventions were back in the Middle Ages. What did the Merchants do with their profitless land? Serfs, now gaining land that could help them in their financial and economic growth,
could have a possible in the feudal system pyramid, depending on what they did

with it. They were finally freed from their serfdom and could lead a path of free will, some choosing to leave their lord for a better and free-flowing lifestyle. How did this catastrophic event change the worldview of the Serfs? They did not see themselves at the bottom of the feudal system anymore. Some that headed for towns could become a possible merchant, trader, monks, nuns or even a lords or ladies.There was no end to the ranks that they could achieve in the feudal system if only they worked hard. In the end, they were now free-willed people.
They did not have to pity themselves because they were at the bottom.
Education and trading were possible options for them.
There had the freedom to do what they wanted with their lives.
And this is one of the things that the black death has brought thankfully. Thank-you for listening! The Black Death In 1346 - 1350, the black death killed a lot of serfs. There were less people to harvest the crops that the Lords, Nobles or Merchants owned. As a result, the merchants did not have enough products to sell.
It lead to the bankruptcy of numerous merchants over the land. THE END As a conclusion, this connected to our current in a era, because if the feudal system still existed in Europe, our modern world probably be lacking lots of inventions. But in a way, it still coexisting with us right now, when we realize that beggars like serfs, do not get any education, or when we read on the news about a rich man bribing lawyers. The goal of living in a perfect equal world might never be accomplished. But at least there was an improvement. Vien's Citation:
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Fitton, Avis; Goodman M., Donna; O’Connor, Edward; Worldviews: Contact and Change, Toronto, Alberta: Pearson Education Canada, 2007. Print. Chioma's Citation:
"Serfs." Serfs. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2012.
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Fitton, Avis; Goodman M., Donna; O’Connor, Edward; Worldviews: Contact and Change, Toronto, Alberta: Pearson Education Canada, 2007. Print.
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