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World History: Unit7

Sydney Huynh

TermDefinition
King Arthur legendary leader of Britain in the Middle Ages inspired epic poems and stories
Vassal less powerful noble who promises to fight for a lord in exchange for a piece of land from the lord's fief
tournaments a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize
Three Field System way of farming where farmers allows one field to be unused and rotated
Canon Law laws under the authority of the church
Clovis King of the Franks who unified Gaul and established his capital at Paris and founded the Frankish monarchy; his name was rendered as Gallic 'Louis' (466-511)
Excommunication the act of banishing a member of the church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the Church; cutting a person off from a religious society
Feudalism the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th C; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
Code of Chivalry rules that knights had to live by; serve lord on earth, heavenly father, chosen lady. Take care of weak and poor
Serf (medieval Europe) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord
Illuminated Manuscripts in the 600's and 700's, monks made beautiful copies of religious writings. These images preserved at least a part of Rome's intellectual heritage
tithes percentage of earnings, wealth, or belongings paid to the church, king, or landowner. Similar to taxes
Germanic tribes Barbarians that attacked the Roman Empire
Charlemagne King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons (742-814)
Dark ages time with little change in culture and a lack of structure to civilization
Holy Roman Empire a political and religious uniting of Europe that began in 800 AD
Missionary someone sent on a mission - especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country
Monastery a place for religious people to live and study
pope the head of the Roman Catholic Church
Fief a piece of land held under the feudal system
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