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Middle Ages

Feudalism the system of service between a lord, vassals, knights, and serfs
Magna Carta a contract that placed limits on the king's powers and provided freemen with rights
Crusades a Holy War started by Christians against the Muslims to gain control of the Holy Lands
Vernacular everyday spoken language of a region, "slang"
Heresy Ideas that go against church teachings
The Plague a pandemic that spread quickly and killed many people during the Middle Ages
Renaissance renewal or rebirth of ideas, art, literature, and architecture from Ancient Rome and Greece
Mercenary a soldier who fights for money rather than loyalty to a country
secular related to worldly (rather than religious) things
Humanism emphasis on worldly concerns; belief in the worth of the individual; reason is the path to knowledge
Reformation a religious movement that created a new form of Christianity known as protestantism
Indulgence a pardon, or forgiveness, of a sin that could be purchased from a priest
Martin Luther a monk who spoke out against the corruption in the Church



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