34 Lesson 2: Life in Medieval Europe (4-5 days) Lesson 2, Strategy 1: Content Acquisition: Show Me the Evidence http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/life_10_feudal.htm Directions: Read each of the statements and predict whether the statement is completely true (+), completely false (–), or can be argued as either true or false (?). Place your selection in the second column, labeled ―(+) (–) (?)‖ In the third column, identify what you would want to look for while reading to confirm or support your prediction. In the fourth column, ―Evidence‖, provide evidence from the text in the form of statements and details that supports, refutes, or does both, regarding the statement. Finally, indicate whether or not the statement is actually true, false, or can be argued as either based on the evidence and what you’ve read. How many statements of the statements you predicted in column 2 remained the same in column 5? A peasant’s life on the manor was selfsufficient. (+) (–) (?) + + ? - + What to look for manors, religious leaders, controlled Evidence (+) (–) (?) An even greater proportion (in most European states a third to a half) were held by bishops. + Lords, provide, military, political support, king He parcelled out large chunks to great Lords ("Tennants-in-Chief") in exchange for their military and political support. + Manors, king, main food suppliers, court even the king depended on his many manors for the food supply of the court. + Feudal Europe, land, privately owned, peasants peasant life, manor, self sufficient Peasants had certain rights over the common land A peasant's holding, which also included a house in the village, thus formed a self-sufficient unit. + + 34 Statement Some manors were controlled by religious leaders. Lords were responsible for providing military and political support to the king. The manors controlled by the king were the main food suppliers for the court. In feudal Europe, land was privately owned by the peasants. Fief is the term used to describe a peasant or serf in feudal Europe. - manor house, manor, castle, same purpose Fief, peasant, serf, feudal Europe The Manor House was residential property, and differed from castles in that it was not built for the purpose of attack or defence. Before a lord could grant land (a fief) to someone, he had to make that person a vassal. - 35 - - 35 A manor house and a castle served the same purpose.