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World Civ Cahpter 7

King Clovis

Early Frankish king; converted Franks to Christianity C. 496; allowed establishment of Frankish kingdom


refering to the middle ages, 500-1500 AD


Germanic people who lived and held power in Gaul. Their leader was Clovis and he would later bring Christianity to the region. By 511 the Franks had united into one kingdom and they controlled the largest and strongest parts of Europe.

Charles Martel

the Frankish commander for the battle of Tours. He defeated the Muslimsin the Battle of Tours, allowing Christianity to survive throughout the Dark Ages. He in a way started Feudalism by giving land to his knights that served for him.

Battle of Tours

battle in 732 in which the Christian Franks led by Charles Martel defeated Muslim armies and stopped the Muslim advance into Europe


800 AD crowned by the Pope as the head of the Holy Roman Empire, which extended from northern Spain to western Germany and northern Italy. His palace was at Aachen in central Europe, King of the Franks who conquered much of Western Europe, great patron of leterature and learning, Frankish king who conquered most of Europe and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in the year 800


One of the barbarian group known as Hungarian nomads., Muslims who attacked Europe and converted to Christianity and established Hungary, barbarian people who migrated into southern Europe, and in the early 10th century ad occupied Hungary, from where their horsemen raided into France, Italy, Germany, and even Spain


broke the last threats of unity in the Charlemagne empire, the vikings, a scandinavian people, were independent farmers ruled by land-owning chieftains. they were also skilled sailors. beginning in the late 8th century c.e., the vikings began raiding and pillaging communities along the coasts and rivers of europe. the vikings also engaged in trade and exploration in northern europe, the mediterranean, and even north america, where they briefly established a colony.


a political and social system that developed during the Middle Ages; nobles offered protection and land in return for service


lesser lords who pledged their service and loyalty to a greater lord -- in a military capacity

feudal contact

set of unwritten rules


land granted by a lord to a vassal in exchange for loyalty and service


a mounted warrior who had great prestige in the Middle Ages; they dominated warfare in Europe


mock battles between knights


a code that knights adopted in the late Middle Ages; requiring them to be brave, loyal and true to their word; they had to fight fairly in battle


wandering poets; their love songs focused on cherishing and protecting women


the landed estate of a lord (including the house on it)


a person who lived on and farmed a lords land in feudal times


Sacred rituals of the Roman Catholic Church

benedictine rule

rules drawn up in 530 by Benedict, a monk, regulation monastic life. The rule emphasizes obedience, poverty and chastity and divides the day into periods of worship, work and study


worldly; not pertaining to church matters or religion; temporal

papal supremacy

authority over all secular rulers, including kings and emperors

cannon law

Law-Church laws that applied to religious teachings, the behavior of the clergy, marriages and morals


the act of banishing a member of the Church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the Church


in the Roman Catholic Church, excommunication of an entire region, town, or kingdom

st. francis of assisi

Italian saint who founded the Franciscan order of friars; treated all creatures, including animals, as spiritual brothers and sisters; born to wealthy merchant family and willingly gave up a life of comfort


monks who did not live in isolated monasteries


legal document giving certain rights to a person or company


wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value


A business owned by two or more people.

tenant farmers

farmer who works land owned by another and pays rent either in cash or crops

middle class

merchants, traders, and artisans whose rank was somewhere between peasants and nobles


Association of merchants or artisans who cooperated to protect their economic interests


A person who works for another in order to learn a trade


salaried workers


where vikings go when they die if they fought a brave battle


naval vessels made and used by the Vikings used of commerce, exploration, and warfare. Long and skinny made of wood. Bow and stern had pointed tips that pointed upward.


right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son, seniority by birth; state of being the first-born child; right of the eldest child (to inherit the entire property of one or both parents)

coat of arms

the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
family identification used to identify dead warriors

trial by battle

the accused and the accuser fought a duel, the outcome of the duel determined guilty or innocent


A group of people "swore" their man was innocent; character witnessing


a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control

illuminated manuscript

a handwritten book decorated with bright colors and precious metals


During the middle Ages, a neighborhood in a city set up by law to be inhabited only by Jews; now used to denote a section of a city in which members of any minority group live because of social, legal, or economic pressure.

europeon union

Unite Europe through cooperation and not conquest-eatbalished until1993. All use the euro

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