Katie O'Gara 4/11/11
Global 9 Period 8
Life on a Manor A manor is a self-sufficient area of land owned by one called a lord. On this land, many slave-like people (who weren't considered slaves because they were not bought or sold) known as serfs dwell in small huts. Merchants lived on the manor as well and worked in shops as things like a blacksmith, a baker or a craftsmen. The manor consisted of the homes of the serfs and the merchants, a church, the lord's castle where he and his servants lived and the farmland the serfs worked on. This way of life became known as feudalism, an exchange between the people and the lord that dealt with protection from invaders for loyalty to the lord. Feudalism came about
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The church made it clear to the people that the goal of everyday life was to get into heaven. People payed a lot of money and spent a lot of time at church. The church maintained order and was without a doubt the most powerful part of medieval life on a manor. The lord, his family, and his servants lived in the castle on the manor. The castle was built with tall, thick walls and mostly on a hill. Some even had water moats. There weren't many windows on a castle. They were small and made with no glass. Castles were meant to provide protection against invaders. They seemed to be helpful for a long time until the invention of the cannon, which was strong enough the demolish a castle's walls, which brought about the end of castle building. The Knights job in the Middle Ages was to use weapons, horsemanship and excel at medieval warfare. Knights acted, made decisions, and even fought according to the Code of Chivalry. A knight would be brave, courageous, kind, and never cowardly. For example, a knight would never fight another if his back was turned. A knight was not supposed to be sneaky.
Music and art played an important role in the medieval religious life Monks sang without music songs called Monastery chants. The songs were sung in Latin. Some churches had instruments such as organs and bells. The "hurdy gurdy" was also found in churches. Two people played this stringed instrument. One person turned the crank while the other played the