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Chapter 13

Charlemagne King of France, also crowned Emperor of the Roman People in 800
Papal States a region in central Italy ruled by the Pope
counts officials chosen by Charlemagne to rule parts of his empire in his name
navigation planning a course of travel, such as the Vikings crossing the sea
sagas long Icelandic stories about great heroes and events
Leif Eriksson Viking who led settlers to the eastern shores of what in now Canada
knights highly skilled soldier who fought on horseback
fief land given to a knight in exchange for his service
vassal a person who accepts a fief from a lord
feudal system the political and social system built around large estates called manors
fealty a knight's loyalty to the lord who gives him land
manorial system an economic system built around large estates called manors
serfs people who were legally tied to the manor on which they worked
Alfred the Great the first king of the united England and who drove out the Vikings
William the Conqueror Duke of Normandy, conquered England in 1066
Domesday Book the record of William's survey of England's people and their property
Eleanor of Aquitaine powerful French duchess; divorced king of France to marry Henry II of England and ruled all of England and about half of France with him
Magna Carta document that restricted the King of England's power, considered to be the first step towards democracy in England
Parliament governing body that was the result of the king's council in the 1260s and which still makes England's rules today
Hugh Capet first ruler from the Capetian dynasty that ruled and expanded France
Otto the Great Saxon duke who became emperor of the Holy Roman Emperor in the 900s
Reconquista Christian leaders' effort to retake the Iberian peninsula from the Moors
piety a person's level of devotion to religion
Pope Gregory VII pope who excommunicated Henry IV, showing that a pope could stand up to the emperor
pontificate term of office of particular pope
Henry VI Holy Roman emperor who clashed with Pope Gregory VII in 1075
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