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Medieval Europe Term

Medieval Europe Vocabulary Review

TermDefinition
feudalism (foo-duh-liz-um) A system of protection where land and people are protected by skilled warriors in exchange for a small portion of land.
Middle Ages Another name for Medieval Europe. Also referred to as the Dark Ages.
monks Religious men that lived apart, in isolated communities called monasteries.
Christianity The religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
knights Mounted warriors who fought and protected people and land. Often given small plots land or “fiefs” in exchange for their loyalty.
manor A large estate of land often owned by a lord.
lord Noblemen that were given land by the king. Lords hired knights to both protect their land and the serfs who lived on it.
serfs Peasants who lived and worked on the manor in exchange for protection.
excommunicate to cast a person out of the church
heresy Religious ideas that oppose traditionally accepted church beliefs.
Black Death A deadly plague that swept through Europe from 1347-1351.
Crusades A series of wars fought over the Holy Land (Palestine, where Jesus lived, preached and died) between Muslims and Christians.
Magna Carta Called the “Great Charter” which was a document listing basic rights that the king had to honor.
Created by: tony.pavlovich