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The Middle Ages

British Literature Mid Term

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The Battle of Hastings a day long battle in 1066 that ended the reign of the Anglo-Saxons and began the Norman Conquest
William the Conqueror defeated King Harold of England, he did not want to kill all of the anglo-saxons he just wanted to rule them
The Feudal System not just a social system, but also a caste system, property system and a military system
The Three Estates Aristocracy (kings and their vassals) Clergy (those who prayed-priests, monks, friars etc.) Commons (lawyers, clerks, yeoman's, etc.
Khighthood boys were trained at an early age to become warriors, After training was complete, the boy was tapped on the shoulder and dubbed
The Code of Chivalry loyalty and social codes that knights were forbidden to break
Chivalry a system of ideals and social codes governing the behaviors of knights and gentlewomen
Romance Literature developed from chivalry, an idealized attitude about women, warfare and courtly love
Women in the Middle Ages no political rights, subservient to men, position determined by husband or father
The effect of Cities and Towns growing in size, eventually made the feudal system obsolete
The Crusades a series of wars waged by European Christians against Muslims, the prize was Jerusalem and the Holy Land
St Thomas a Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury, murdered in his own Cathedral by four knights for siding too often with the Pope instead of King Henry
The Magna Carta a document limiting the church's power, signed by King John in 1215
The Hundred Years War a war between the English and the French. Common englishmen began to fight for their country not just knights
The Black Death bubonic plague, highly contagious, killed approximately one third of the population
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