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Middle Ages Terms

History

TermDefinition
Middle Ages 1000 year period after the Fall of Rome - also known as the medieval time period
Franks a Germanic group that established a powerful European kingdom following the Fall of Rome
Clovis Powerful king of the Franks
Charlemagne expanded the kingdom of the Franks to its greatest size;forced people living within the kingdom to become Christian
monasteries religious communities throughout Europe where monks practiced a life of prayer and worship
feudalism the political and social structure of the Middle Ages established by kings to maintain their hold on land and power
lord a powerful noble who owned land
noble a landowner
nobility a group of landowners (this group held great power)
vassal lesser noble who received land from a lord
knights fought on behalf of the lord
chivalry code of honor that knights must follow
homage to pay respect to one's lord
oath of fealty promise of loyalty given by a vassal when he received a fief
fief the plot of land given to a vassal
serf people who lived on and worked the land of a noble(lowest social class)
guild a group of people with the same occupation (blacksmiths, tailors, bakers, carpenters, etc.)
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