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manor System

system of living where lords own the land and rent it out o serfs who farm in exchange for a place to live and small portion of the crops to eat, knights are appointed to protect the land

Magna Carta

This document, signed by King John of Endland in 1215, is the cornerstone of English justice and law. It declared that the king and government were bound by the same laws as other citizens of England. It contained the antecedents of the ideas of due process and the right to a fair and speedy trial that are included in the protection offered by the U.S. Bill of Rights


originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry


the waging of armed conflict against an enemy


people who worked the land or served the nobles

Black plague

the epidemic form of bubonic plague experienced during the Middle Ages when it killed nearly half the people of western Europe


after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body


rich powerful families making up the upper class; managed the kings land


an instrument used for attack or defense in combat


a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack

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