|The Development of Feudalism in Western Europe
Directions: You will create a concept web over the major topics of literature and philosophy. You will place the terms inside of your web and connect words by lines and writing connector phrases between the words. Try to make as many connections as you can. Most words connect to multiple other words. Your connector phrases are explanations of how the two terms relate to one another.
Knight Lord Monarch Peasants Moats
Roman Catholic Church Manors Fiefs Nobles
Nobles and Peasants
Complete the Venn diagram to compare and contrast the lives of nobles and peasants on a feudal manor. In the overlapping parts of the ovals, write or draw three ways these groups were similar. In each of the other parts of the ovals, draw or write three ways they were different.
Answer the following questions:
What were Charlemagne’s greatest accomplishments? How was he helped by the Catholic Church?
Why was there a need for order after the death of Charlemagne in 814?
Pretend you are a knight in medieval Europe. You would like to let future generations of your family know what life was like on a feudal manor. Write a letter to them below. Be sure to mention these things:
What responsibilities did monarchs have in the feudal system?
Why is William the Conqueror considered an important monarch?
What responsibilities did lords have in the feudal system?
What was the role of noblewomen in the feudal system?
What responsibilities did knights have in the feudal system?
What was the code of chivalry? What stages did a boy go through to become a knight?
What responsibilities did peasants have in the feudal system?
How were the lives of male and female peasants different?
Think about which individuals or groups in our society are most similar to the various social clases in European Feudal society. List those modern groups/individuals next to each level of feudal society, and draw symbols to respresent them. Then list some of their similarities and differences.
This nickname was given to the Middle Ages. _______________
The period known as “The Middle Ages” is characterized by trade, land ownership, strong central govt. or no religion? Explain your selection. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Who would most likely have said, “If you give me your loyalty, I will give you land and protection.”? __________________________
What was a knight’s most important training? There is debate for the correct answer here—so think of what their main purpose was in the Feudalism activity. __________________________________________________________________
Serf were peasants who were not allowed to _________________________________.
What do these medieval items have in common? _____________________________
In the feudal system an individual’s social status was generally determined by what? ___________
What does the word feudalism mean? ________________________________________________________________
Which city was added to the empire by Charlemagne by 814? ________________
On which river is Tours located? __________________________
Which island was added by Charlemagne by 814? _________________________
What physical feature did Charlemagne cross to enter Italy? __________________