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  1. Manor and Town Life

  2. Village Life • Centered around the manor system • Castle • Moat: used to prevent an enemy from reaching the castle walls

  3. Village Life • Peasants • Manor economy was based on farming & self-sufficiency • 3 classes of peasants • Freemen: rented or owned land • Serfs: a peasant who was bound to the land • Slaves: could not leave their manors

  4. Growing Trade • New towns focused on trade • Trade Fairs: trade became the most important economic activity in a medieval town

  5. Growing Trade • Rise of the Middle Class • Organized into guilds (protected the interests of the people of the same occupation) • Money soon replaced land as a source of wealth • Corporations developed • Education needed for empire’s survival

  6. Literature • Knights • Chivalry: a code of conduct adopted by knights in the middle ages • Coat of Arms: graphic symbol that identified him

  7. Literature • Loved poems/stories of love & romance • Troubadours: made storytelling an art • Divine Comedy: epic poem written by Dante Alighieri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud7YNNA0Mwo&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active