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The Middle Ages

Vocabulary Words

TermDefinition
convents a community of nuns
Crusades major military expeditions by Christians to win back the control of Palestine (Holy Land)
fuedalism a social, political, and economic system used in the Middle Ages
fief piece of land granted by a lord
guilds a group of craftspeople or merchants who are united by a common interest
knight a feudal warrior trained and prepared to fight on horseback
lord a man of high rank in a feudal society
Magna Carta an English charter that limited the king's power (1215)
manor system in the Middle Ages, a way to manage feudal lands
merchants a person who buys and sells goods
Middle Ages the period in European history between antiquity and the Renaissance, dated AD 476-1453
monestary a community where monks live, study and pray
monk a man who devotes his life to religion and lives in a monestary
nation state an area of land shared by people who have a common culture and history
nuns a woman who devotes her life to religion and lives in a convent
peasant a poor farmer of low social status who owns or rents a small piece of land
plague an epidemic of an often fatal disease
vassal a person who held land from a feudal lord and received protection in return for homage and allegiancef
Created by: asettlemire