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Chapter 6

The Middle Ages

Feudal system the name given to the system of land ownership in the Middle Ages
Motte a man made hill on which a castle was built
Moat a deep ditch dug around the walls of a castle
Portcullis an iron gate which could be lowered over the entrance of a castle during an attack
Barbican a defensive gatehouse at the entrance of a castle
Fosterage a common practice in the Middle Ages whereby the children of the lord and the lady of the castle were sent to other noble families to supervise their upbringing
Hawking a form of hunting whereby birds of prey are trained to hunt for small animals
Demesne the land retained by the lord for his own use
Jousting a contest in which two knights on horseback charge at each other with a lance in an attempt to unseat their opponent
Chivalry a code of conduct for knights
Open field system a system in which the land in the village was divided into three large fields and then divided into different strips, which were farmed by the serfs
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