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History 150 9/6/2017 Primary Sources for Medieval (Read for Friday) Those who work Majority of people living in western Europe were peasants who lived and worked on the land o Free and unfree peasants known as serfs o Lived in manors (agricultural estates) o Manors varied in size o 1,900 acers of land (500-600 serfs that lived on the manor) o Castle (in the center) o Church, village o Mill and oven (belong of the lord) o Fields are divided into strips (some of the land will belong to the lord and the rest of the land will belong to the serfs living on the land) What was it life to be a serf during this time period o Serfs were bound to the land (could not leave land without lord’s permission o Serfs are under the jurisdiction of the manorial court (lord’s court) What kind of activities/behaviors would get you under the manorial court? Not washing the lord’s sheep (got a fine) Bad plowing on the lord’s land o The power of the lord was quite extensive and could extend to matters such as marriage. A surf could not marry someone outside of the manor without the
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