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  1. Illumination
  2. Machicolations
  3. The Inquisition
  4. Hayward
  5. Blasphemy
  1. a Saying or doing something that was contrary to the teachings of the Church. Taking God's name in vain is considered to be the most common form of this.
  2. b Before the invention of printing all books had to be written out by hand. This was a time-consuming and labour-intensive process, and could take months or years and refers to the use of bright colours and gold to embellish initial letters or to portray entire scenes.
  3. c Overhanging sections of a castle, which were found at the top of walls or towers. They were also known as murder holes and would be used to drop objects like rocks and boiling oil on enemies.
  4. d Started in Spain, was a process of capturing, torturing, and killing non-Catholics to root out Heresy.
  5. e A person who was given the job of keeping the fields free from roaming animals. Often a job given to a child.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. The King of England at the time of the Norman Conquest. Traditionally believed to have died with an arrow through his eye.
  2. A large, moveable device, which was used to draw up against castle walls and to allow access to besieging troops.
  3. The granting of land by a lord to one of his vassals. In return, the vassal would provide him with service and loyalty.
  4. Limbo, a way station between heaven and hell where persons could atone for their sins.
  5. A gridded, spiked iron gate that could be lowered to provide protection for the entrance of a castle.

5 True/False questions

  1. FallowUsed to grind grain. In the Middle Ages, this was usually found near a stream which was used to power the device.


  2. SquireThe second stage of becoming a knight. Involving assisting a knight in battle, preparing and maintaining their equipment and learning martial [fighting] arts.


  3. 1066The year in which William of Normandy conquered England.


  4. DubbingThe act of being struck on each shoulder by a lord with a sword, to indicate that you have become a knight.


  5. ChivalryThe honour code of the Medieval Knight. Involved protecting your lord, the weak, the church and being honourable towards women.


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