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Medieval Times

6th Grade Social Studies

TermDefinition
Feudalism the economic and political system that was developed in Europe during the Middle Ages
Lord a ruler or powerful landowner
knight an armed warrior
peasant a person who worked the land
barbarian a person belonging to a tribe or group that is considered uncivilized
Christianity a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ
Roman Catholic Church the Christian church headed by the pope in Rome
pope the bishop of Rome and supreme leader of the Roman Catholic Church
hierachy the system of organizing people into the ranks, with those of higher rank having more power and privilege
monarch a ruler such as a king or queen
fief land granted by a lord to a vassal in exchange for loyalty and service
manor a large estate including farmlands and villages help by a lord
Divine Right of Kings the belief that God gives monarchs the right to rule
noble a person of high rank by birth or title
Duke the highest type of European noble ranking just below a prince
moat a deep, wide ditch often filled with water
chivalry a medieval knights code of idea behavior, including bravery, loyalty, and respect for women
armor a covering, usually made of metal or leather, worn to protect the body during fighting
monk a man who has taken a solemn vow to devote his life to prayer and service in a monastery
heretic a person who holds beliefs that are contrary to the teachings of a church or other group