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History 150: Medieval Period

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This covers the Medieval Period as discussed in lecture.
The West in the World
Dr. Malone
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Date Created: 01/31/16
January 25-29, 2016 ****Office Hours=Wed. 2-5**** Medieval Society: Western Europe in the High Middle Ages The Middle Ages6 -14 centuries  Focus will be on select aspects of the High Middle Ages, 11 -14th th centuries  Technically have royalty (kings/queens), but the nobility has the real power o Power rests on possession of land and personal armies  Overly centered on agriculture  The medieval conception of social society: o The three orders (born into it):  (1)Those Who Fight (rep. by The Knight)  Defender of society  Nobles acquired military power through a ceremony known as vassalage (a ceremony in which a knight pledges his personal loyalty and military service to a nobleman; the knight becomes a vassal and the nobleman became his lord; in return, the lord gave the vassal a fief)vassal becomes lord of the fief o Fief=valuable land containing a manor or manors with serfs (un-free peasants)  The warrior ethos: like to fight so much that the Catholic Church stepped in and initiated “Truce of God” (11 c) only partially effective o Truce of God: (Initial Idea) placed a ban on warfare from mid-afternoon on Saturday until daybreak on Monday; (second attempt) Wednesday evening through Monday morning as well as seasons of Advent and Lent o Violation: excommunication from the church  Tournaments were used for entertainment but mostly for training for battle (think jousting and hunting)  (2)Those Who Pray (rep. by The Monk)  (3)Those Who Work (rep. by The Peasant)  Bulk of people were those who work  Free and unfree peasants (serfs) lived and worked on manors o Manors=agricultural estates o Ex: Manor of Elton of England (late 13 th c.)  Extremely large (1900 acres; 500- 600 people)  Features:  Crop rotation  Land divided in strips (each strip given to a peasant)  Village in center (homes of serf, church, separated from lord’s section of the land)  Lord’s manor house and property (own orchard, garden, mill, oven, press)  There was common land that the serfs could share  Conditions of Serfdom: o Serfs were bound to the land; they could not leave the land without the Lord’s consent o Serfs were under the jurisdiction of the Monoriol Court  Plowing under the influence (ill- plowing) was a major problem and caused fines o Power of the lord extended to matters, such as marriage. Although free to marry, a serf could not marry a person outside of the manor without the Lord’s permission.  Lord’s more often arranged marriages o The serf owed the Lord LABOR  117 days a year o The serf owed the Lord feudal dues  Use of oven: give a portion of the grain or bread to the Lord  IN RERURN: o The serf received protection from the Lord but also a plot of land to work for his family’s sustenance  Work for Serfs: o Work=central part of their lives (important to survival) o Work was different for males and females except for harvesting the crops o Men: plowing, manual labor, working their own plot of land o Women: in/around the house, tending to animals (chicken and cows), gardens, clothing, caring for children, cooking food  Food: o English Serf diet:  Bread, portage (think oatmeal), ale  Peasants consumed more eggs, cheese, peas, leek, and rarely meat (pork/mutton) if needed protein/fat The Medieval University and University Life  First Universities established: o Bologna, Italy (1158) o Paris (1200) o Oxford (1208) o Cambridge (1209)  By the end of the Middle Ages there were 80 universities in Europe  Inhabited by the sons of merchants, doctors, lawyers o 12-15 years old when they entered, needed money, needed to know how to read/write latin (all universities used latin) o They would choose one professor (careful selection of a master)  The Curriculum: o All Students Studied the 7 Liberal Arts: 1. Grammar 2. Rhetoric 3. Logic 4. Math 5. Geometry 6. Astronomy 7. Music  Scholastic day: o Went from 5 or 6 am until 10 until dinner, then more hours in the afternoon, studied, in bed by 8pm  Method of Instruction: o The lecture (to read); classroom (teach with podium; read textbook to you) o Many students could not afford books because the books were copied by hand (if you think our textbooks are expensive, think again)  2.5 months for 200 pages, 6-8 months for longer texts; taking notes was VERY useful since they did not have access to the books)  They could rent books to copy them, but they were chained up to prevent theft  Had to swear that they would obey laws while in the library (took very seriously)  Exams and Degrees: o Would take a comprehensive oral exam after 4 years of study; if passed, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree o After 2 more years, received a Maters o After 10 more years, students could get a doctorate in law, medicine, and theology (average life span: mid 40s…puts graduating in late 20s at earliest-more than half life gone) o Graduation rates=less than 50%; due to highly demanding courses, much memorization, lost of interest/ability/money  Career option for university graduates: o Teaching (most did not opt for this career path) TQ!  Needed to have a masters degree to teach the 7 liberal arts  Needed doctorate to teach law, medicine, and theology o Work as a lawyer/doctor o Clerk, administrator, or advisor in the bureaucracies set up by Princes, Kings, or Popes  Living options for University Students o Students could live independently, in apts, rented houses, residence halls, etc. o Regulations for Robert de Sorbon’s residence hall  Adhere to dress code (think graduation gowns….all the time! )  No women  Safeguarding the books in the residence hall (no lending, no taking outside the residence hall)  Do not talk too loudly at the dinner table  Student Behavior o Good Student:  Lived a very simple life, simple meals, shared one gown with his roommate, only had simple tunics, serious about studies, very boring  However stated best time of his life? o Bad Student:  Defraud masters of due salaries for schooling although they are able to pay (TQ!)  Bad students rather spend money in taverns/games/conviviality  Disobedient to masters (TQ!)  On feast days they do not go to church/only going to see the girls (not pious)  Learned things that were forbidden (forbidden sciences (Aristotle Natural Science), anatomy discourses (lol), and superstitions)  Interacting in disgraceful societies (think frats)  Letters from parents to students o Father to Son  Telling to change behavior and perform better o Son to Father  “I send you words of greetings and of MONEY (things don’t change)  Probably used a professional letter writer  Compelling arguments (you are my source of money, my books are tattered, I owe officials, I fear being excommunicated)


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