HIS 101
Unit 9:  Feudalism
Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle in England, a typical construction dating to the high middle ages and the height of feudalism, i.e., twelfth century or so, but earlier feudal castles were not much more than mounds of earth or wooden stockades that could serve as a gathering point for knights.  Photo courtesy Bryan Grasser.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 8. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, in a short paper (one-page maximum) identify some of the key points of chivalry and explain when and how chivalry emerged in Western Europe.  Remember to cite sources.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, in a long paragraph, using the Court Rolls of The Manor of Wakefield, identify some of the main features of medieval, feudal society.
  • Medieval judicial procedures were quite amazing.  Write a long paragraph and comment upon some of the different kinds of "trial by ordeal" practiced in the Middle Ages for a maximum of 25 points.  Please be sure to cite your sources such as Ordeal of Boiling Water and Hot Iron and Cold Water.
  • For a maximum of 10 points extra credit, answer the Feudal Document study sheet questions.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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