Feudalism Short Story



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Feudalism Short Story

In order to get a better understanding of the social and political systems in medieval Europe you are going to write a short story about the life of either a king, Lord/vassal, a knight, or a peasant. The terms below have been provided to help you write the story. You must mention at least three social classes and/or three of the below terms within your story. In addition you must in some way incorporate the definition of your two chosen social classes.
feudalism

Definition: The political and social system of medieval Europe, in which vassals received land from overlords in exchange for armed warriors and other services.

Context: Under feudalism, the overlords, lesser lords, knights and peasants all depended on one another for survival.

fief

Definition: A grant of land given by a lord to a vassal in return for an oath of loyalty and armed warriors.

Context: In a formal ceremony, a monarch would give a noble a fief and promise to protect the noble.

knight

Definition: In medieval Europe, a soldier of high military rank

Context: The most skilled soldiers were knights, who dedicated their lives to combat, a code of behavior called chivalry, and service to their lords.

lord

Definition: Even though they were below the king, local lords controlled most peoples' lives.

Context: Even though they were below the king, local lords controlled most peoples' lives.

medieval

Definition: Relating to the Middle Ages in Europe

Context: Without the Romans to provide protection, medieval Europe became a violent and dangerous place.

monarch

Definition: A king or queen who rules a territory, usually for life and by hereditary right

Context: Feudal society had a strict social order and the monarch was at the top.

noble

Definition: Somebody of aristocracy or a high social rank

Context: Nobles, safe inside their castles, were able to build up their armies and expand their power.

peasant

Definition: A member of the lowest feudal class; poor, uneducated laborers who lived and worked on the land owned by the nobles.

Context: The peasants were the economic backbone of society, growing the crops and producing the other goods that everyone needed.

Renaissance

Definition: The period in European history between the 14th through 16th centuries marked by major cultural and artistic change and scientific advances

Context: As the Middle Ages came to a close, European society slowly began to recover once again and a dramatic cultural rebirth that would become known as the Renaissance took root.

vassal

Definition: Someone who lives on the lord's land, providing loyalty in return for protection.

Context: Through this "feudal contract," the noble became the vassal of a king or queen.


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