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Middle Ages & Feudalism

The government of the Middle Ages was feudalism. Feudalism came to the Middle Ages because there was not a strong central government.

Lord & Serf

A lord was the highest ranked citizen and owned much land. They would give their land to serfs and in return serfs would have loyalty for their lords and work on the land.

Knight & Chivalry

Knights were the soldiers who fought and protected their land. They believed in Christianity. Also, knights followed a code, chivalry, where they had to protect the women and weak, show bravery in battle and fight against justice.

How did geography of Europe help promote the growth of a rural way of life?

The geography of Europe helps promote the growth of a rural way of life by the forests, farmland, rivers, mountain ranges, and mild climate.

What helped Christianity to continue spreading after the fall of the Roman Empire?

The Franks helped Christianity continue expanding after the fall of Roman Empire by making all of their subjects become Christians. In addition, monasteries, a place where monks worshipped, assisted spread Christianity. Monks would make copies of the Bibles to preserve and promote Christianity.

What factors made the manor the center of the European economy during the Middle Ages?

The manor provided all life's necessities so people did not have a reason to travel or leave the manor.

What were the characteristics of a medieval town?

The medieval towns were dirty, cramped, and busy. At the center was a market square and cathedral. Streets were narrow, filthy and not usually paved. The houses were made of wood and easily caught on fire.

What were similarites and differences between Japanese and European feudalism?

Same: They both became a feudal system because of weak central governments and landowners gained power. Farming was the main economic activity for both. Also, the government and landowners relied on trained soldiers for protect. Samurai and knights both followes Shintoism and Zen Buddhism.

Different: Knights were Christians while samurai followed Shintoism and Zen Buddhism. In Japan, Japanese poetry called haiku. In Europe, they had epic poems.

In what way did women in feudal Japan enjoy more rights than women in feudal Europe?

Women in feudal Japan were able to inherit land part of the family's estate, they could join Buddhist convents, learned martial arts, fought in battles, and were expected to live up to the honor of courage. Women in feudal Europe were expected to stay home, learn household chores, and often had no say of whom they married.