Feudal Narrative

Feudalism writing assignment

Now you know about Feudalism and the social hierarchy in Medieval Europe.   What was life like for the people themselves?  How did the lives of peasants differ from nobles?  You will learn about the daily life of one of the social classes and write a narrative from the perspective of a person living in the Middle Ages.

Online Feudalism activity. Go to the following website, choose a guide or character you want to learn more about. Learn about what their life was like in the Middle Ages. Write a first-person account of daily life for them. Make up a name, use some appropriate Old English vocabulary, develop a voice and describe your life for us. Feel free to give yourself a family and describe them as well. Have fun with it.

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Web Code: lgd-8501

What: Write a narrative in 1st person – about 1 page typed

When: Rough draft due Friday 1/29/10

Final copy due Tuesday 2/2/10

*Post your finished feudal narrative to your blog*

Examples of Feudal Narratives

Feudalism – in summary


a serfFeudalism was the system of loyalties and protections during the Middle Ages. As the Roman Empire crumbled, emperors granted land to nobles in exchange for their loyalty. These lands eventually developed into manors. A manor is the land owned by a noble and everything on it. A typical manor consisted of a castle, small village, and farmland.

During the Middle Ages, peasants could no longer count on the Roman army to protect them. German, Viking and Magyar tribes overran homes and farms throughout Europe. The peasants turned to the landowners, often called lords, to protect them. Many peasants remained free, but most became serfs. A serf was bound to the land. He could not leave without buying his freedom, an unlikely occurrence in the Middle Ages. Life for a serf was not much better than the life of a slave. The only difference was that a serf could not be sold to another manor.

Serfs would often have to work three or four days a week for the lord as rent. They would spend the rest of their week growing crops to feed their families. Other serfs worked as sharecroppers. A sharecropper would be required to turn over most of what he grew in order to be able to live on the land.

NEXT: Primogeniture

2010 – here we come

As we enter the 2nd half of the school year, it’s time to look forward to what’s to come.  We will start by looking at the fall ofRome as we then move into the Middle Ages of Europe.

Vocabulary Lesson #6 this week:

  1. contemplate
  2. conviction
  3. disseminate
  4. engross
  5. intuition
  6. lucid
  7. moral
  8. profound
  9. puritanical
  10. sanctify

Vocab. work is due on Monday 1/11 for Red and White classes, Tuesday 1/12 for Blue class.  Vocab. 6 Quiz is Tuesday 1/12 for all classes.