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Feudalism vocab

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Feudalism loosely organized system of government in which local lords governed their own lands but owed military service & other support to greater lords.
Vassal a lord who was granted land in exchange for service & loyalty to a greater lord
feudal contract exchange of pledges between lord & vassals.
fief An estate granted by a lord to a vassal in exchange for service & loyalty.
knight A European noble who served as a mounted warrior
tournament a mock battle in which knights would compete against one another to display their fighting skills
chivalry code of conduct for knights during the Middle Ages
troubadour a wandering poet/singer Medieval Europe
manor a lord's estate which included one or more villages and the surrounding lands.
serf a peasant bound to the lords land.
manorialism Economic system during the Middle Ages that revolved around self-sufficient farming estates where lords and peasants shared the land.
Created by: Robechta