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History 150: Medieval Society 1

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day 1 of the Medieval Society notes for exam 1
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Date Created: 01/28/16
1/25/16: Medieval Society Medieval Society:  Western Europe in the High Middle Ages ***test questions*** The Middle Ages.  6 ­14  centuries. o Power rests in the hands of the nobility. o Power possesses over land and personal armies. o Overwhelmingly agricultural economy. o Power is land centered.  Our focus will be on select aspects of the: o High Middle Ages.  11  ­14  centuries.  The medieval conception of society. o The three orders.   Those who fight (middle).  Nobility and soldiers.  Those who pray (left).  Members of the church; monks.  Those who work (right).  Peasants. o The rights and responsibilities depended on what you were born into. o Natural order. Those Who Fight.  Nobles acquired military power through a ceremony known as vassalage.  o Built up military power. o Created social chaos. o Defenders of society. o Ceremony in which a knight pledged his personal loyalty and military service to a nobleman. o The knight became a vassal and the nobleman became his lord. o In return, the Lord gave the vassal a fief.  Fief. o Land containing a manor/ manors with serfs (unfree peasants).  The warrior ethos: o The Catholic Church’s Truce of God (11  c).th  Only partially affective.  Placed a ban on warfare from mid­afternoon on Saturday until daybreak on Monday.  The ban was later extended to Wednesday evening through Monday morning as well as the season of Advent and Lent. 1/25/16: Medieval Society Those Who Work.  Free and unfree peasants (serfs) lived and wthked on manors. o Majority were unfree up until the 13  century. o Manors.  Agricultural estates. th  Elton in England (late 13  c). o 1,900 acres. o 500­600 people.  Conditions of serfdom. th o Serfdom died out during the 15  century.  Bound to the land; they could not leave the land without the Lord’s consent.  Under the jurisdiction of the Lord’s court­ the manorial court.  The power of the Lord extend into personal matters, such as marriage. Although free to marry, a serf couldn’t marry a person outside of the manor without the Lord’s permission.  The serf owed the Lord LABOR.  117 days out of the year.  Working on the land or wherever else they were needed.  The serf owed the Lord feudal dues­ for the use of the Lord’s mill and oven, he would have to give a portion of the grain or bread to the Lord. o In return, the serf received protection from the Lord and a plot of land to work for his family’s sustenance.


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