The Middle Ages - Medieval Times u25cf Thought by most...

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Medieval Times Thought by most people to be a time of dark ages and backward thinking, but people of the time thought of themselves as advanced and sophisticated. Important Dates 1066 Duke of Normandy invades England 1095 Crusades start 1150 first mass paper production 1170 Thomas a Becket murdered 1215 Magna Carta signed 1348 Plague hits England 1375 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is written 1387 Chaucer begins the Canterbury Tales 1455 Gutenberg prints first book using movable type 1475 First book printed in English William the Conqueror Defeated the last Ango-Saxon King (King Harold) He commissioned the Doomsday Book and taxed people on what they owned He brought feudalism Feudalism Brought taxation to the people based on their land Had a code of conduct and manners (knighthood developed from this part of feudalism) Women had no rights and no voice in the system Knights Men were expected to provide military service to their lords The Code of Chivalry emerged An oath of loyalty A fearless fighter Observe rules of warfare Courtly love The Black Death Lead to enormous political and social changes Freed the serfs’ Ended feudalism Medieval Literature Most literature was still written in Latin Literary Forms During the Middle Ages four literary forms were dominant Epic: centered around one heroic figure whose actions affect the well-being of an entire group
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Romances Allegories- Ballads- Ballads A song or songlike poem that tells a story and contain a regular rhythm and rhyme and generally contain a refrain Kinds of Ballads Folk ballad- anonymous singers pass down ballads orally from generation to generation Literary ballad-written by an established poet and recorded in writing but styled after Folk Ballads “Edward, Edward” Recorded by Sir Thomas Percy International Ballad Also a conversational Ballad between a mom and her son “Get Up and Bar the Door” The battle of the sexes Man vs wife Who is the most stubborn? Neither the man nor the woman wants to get up and shut and lock the door.
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