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AGE 3: The Time of monks and knights
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AGE 3: The Time of monks and knights
5.1 and 5.3 Feudalism and the Manorial system

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What is this lesson about?
In the Early Middle Ages, many people were farmers. Serfs worked and lived on a manor that belonged to a lord. They had little freedom. Famines were very common.

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Group 1
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Slide 3 - Poll

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Slide 5 - Link

Word Duty

Feudal system - medieval government system based on the bond between a lord and his vassal.
Fief - the land a lord lend to a vassal
Nobles - the most important lords that served under a king
Pledge fealty - to swear loyalty
Knights - vassals who became military specialists
Manorial system - system in which lords provided security to their serfs in return for their services.
Manor - large piece of adjoining land.
Domain - large farmhouse where the lord lived
Serfs - farmers who depended entirely on their lord an were not allowed to leave the domain
Self-sufficient - when people are able to produce everything they need themselves

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Slide 7 - Video

watch the next video about Feudalism

Feudalism in Dutch =
leenstelsel / feodalisme

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Slide 9 - Video

1. The feudal system had many advantages for both the
king and his nobles.

How did the king profit from this system?

Slide 10 - Open question

2. How did the nobles profit from the feudal system?

Slide 11 - Open question

3a. The feudal system can be seen both as political centralisation and political
decentralisation. Try to explain both views.

On the one hand it can be seen as political centralisation, because:

Slide 12 - Open question

3b. On the other hand it can be seen as political
decentralisation, because:

Slide 13 - Open question

4. Some vassals decided to become military specialists.

How are these vassals called?

Slide 14 - Quiz

5a. True or False?

Knights had important governing positions.

Slide 15 - Quiz

5b. In the Later Middle Ages, knights
gradually received more respect.

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5c. Knights usually lived in their own castles.

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5d. Knights became more important if
they converted to Islam.

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watch the next video about the manorial system.

Horigen = serf farmers
hofstelsel = manorial system

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Slide 20 - Video

manor farm
The place where the lord lived and from where he ruled the village. 
Many times the manor was fortified by walls. Sometimes the manor was built on top of a small hill and surrounded by a palissade. 
The manor farm consisted of the manor (= fortified farmhouse / castle) + some land with orchards, farming fields and work places around it. 

The mill was where people grounded wheat and grain. 
It was owned by the lord.
Serf peasants could use the mill to grind their grain, but of course they had to pay the lord for this. The payment was not money, but a percentage of the produce of the peasant.
The houses the peasants (= farmers) lived in were not as nice as the manor house. They were thatched roofed
The palissade surrounds the manor farm. If the domain is attacked the peasants can find shelter within the walls of the manor farm.
Peasants worked on farm land for the lord in exchange for protection and land.
The church is where holy events took place (weddings, sermons, funerals). The church is also where the sick would be taken care of.
Sometimes the lord used this place to speak justice. He could hand out punishments to criminals.
A Shepard worked with the livestock in the fields. This would help produce food and cloth for the village
the manor's orchard. 
servile duties
This meant that serfs needed to work for the lord two or three days a week. They worked the lord's fields, or built and repaired his palissade.

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6. Travelling was quite dangerous in the Early Middle Ages. Who had to travel more: Free
farmers or serfs? Explain your answer.

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7. Use the source.
How did the lord of the manor profit from
this system?

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8. How did the serfs who lived on the manor
profit from this system?

Slide 25 - Open question


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