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Medieval Europe

Less commercially/culturally developed than other great world civilizations.
Distinctive characteristics.
Indications of a developing vital society: population growth, economic productivity, a strong current of spirituality, increased political complexity, technological innovation, artistic and intellectual complexity (universities).


Heavy plow.
Introduced in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages.
Permitted deeper cultivation of heavier soils.

Three Field System

1/3 of land left unplanted each year.
Increased soil fertility.

Women's Roles

Began participating in the economy.
Recognized for doing so.

Hundred Years' War

England vs. France.
Causes: economic conflict, rise to the throne by Edward III (King of England).
Results: kings had reduced reliance on feudal forces in favor of paid armies.


Relationships among military elite during the Middle Ages.
Greater lords provided protection to lesser lords in return for military services.

Plague/Black Death

1300s in Europe.
Huge population decrease.
Affected social structure.

Benedict of Nursia

Created rules for monasteries.


Series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns.
Reriod of almost 200 years.
Pope Urban II called the first Crusade in 1095.
Appealed to Christians to free the Holy Land from Muslim control.

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