1.Life as a Vassal

2. feudalism

the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal.(dictionary.com)

2. Middle Ages

the time in European history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance (from about 500 a.d. to about 1350): sometimes restricted to the later part of this period (after 1100) and sometimes extended to 1450 or 1500.(dictionary.com)

2. Manor

The land of Lords and Vassals given to them by the King.(dictionary.com)

3.Vassal

a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant.(dictionary.com)
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vassal, in feudal society, one invested with a fief in return for services to an overlord. Some vassals did not have fiefs and lived at their lord’s court as his household knights. Certain vassals who held their fiefs directly from the crown were tenants in chief and formed the most important feudal group, the barons. A fief held by tenants of these tenants in chief was called an arriere-fief, and, when the king summoned the whole feudal host, he was said to summon the ban et arriere-ban. There were female vassals as well; their husbands fulfilled their wives’ services. (Britannica.com)

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The vassal owed fealty to his lord. A breach of this duty was a felony, regarded as so heinous an offense that in England all serious crimes, even those that had nothing to do with feudalism proper, came to be called felonies, since, in a way, they were breaches of the fealty owed to the king as guardian of the public peace and order.(Britannica.com)

5.Quiz

Who gave the Vassal ownership of the land?

What is the name of the land given to him?

7. Vassals make me think of senate members and mayors

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Eamon O'Connor
1st Period
Miss Keller
Social Studies