5.5 Feudalism and the Manorial System

5.5 Feudalism and the Manorial System
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5.5 Feudalism and the Manorial System

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Who or what are vassals?
Loyal followers of a lord with special rights
Another name for the rulers
Buildings seperated from the outside by a wall

Slide 2 - Quiz

Lords and Vassals - Repeat
  • Lords is the term used for rulers, such as kings
  • Named their most loyal soldiers vassals 
  • Benefits for lord: they fight for him and gave respect
  • Benefits for vassals: closer to lord; different jobs based on loyalty
Loyal followers of a lord with special rights

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  • Frankish lords ruled over large parts of land
  • Couldn't get to all parts - so no protection of borders or uprisings
  • Would give his most trusted vassals land as fief
  • They got to rule over this land in name of the lord

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Pledging fealty
  • In order to get land as fief you had to:
  • Pledge fealty to the lord (promising loyalty)
  •  Pay taxes
  • Provide military support
  • Rule over his fief and administer justice

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Vassals without land
  • Some vassals didn't hold land
  • Lived in court of their lord
  • Military specialists - would practice sword fighting on horseback
  • German word = knecht = knight

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

How did the king profit from this system?

Slide 7 - Open question

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

Slide 8 - Open question

4. Some vassals decided to become military specialists.

How are these vassals called?

Slide 9 - Quiz

5a. True or False?

Knights had important governing positions.

Slide 10 - Quiz

5c. Knights usually lived in their own castles.

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Manorial System
  • Landowners managed their land by the manorial system
  • A manor = a large piece or adjoining land
  • Two parts, one for lord and vassals, one for farmers
  • The lord's house is called the domain

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  • Farmers that lived on the manor
  • Bound to the land = weren't allowed to leave without permission
  • Got protection from the lord

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Samen op het domein
  • Mensen gingen samen wonen in kleine dorpjes met daarom heen landbouwgrond
  • Een persoon, de heer, was verantwoordelijk voor de bescherming
The lord
The farmers
Provided protection
Works on the land of the lord
Paid rent in kind of part of their harvest
Services for their lord

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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.

Slide 16 - Open question

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

Slide 17 - Open question

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

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