Life on a Medieval Manor

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At the height of the Medieval Ages, life existed mainly in two different forms: the Feudal system and the Manorial System. Barbarian attacks created many dangers for the common citizen, generating a need for personal protection of both their lands and their lives. It is true that kings still did exist at this time, but due to the decentralization of the government, the king became a distant and ambiguous figure. The lord of the manor then became the authoritative figure for the people of medieval society. Society now subsisted on the self-governing basis of the manor. (describe the manor)The medieval manor was an agrarian estate made up of peasants and the lords who ruled over them. The lords provided the peasants with much needed…show more content…
Peasants lived in small cottages or huts with their families, and they laid claim to small strips of land and also a share of the meadow. (ok just add some more info) Life in the medieval household was also greatly influenced by the Catholic Church and the teachings it wanted to impose upon all of its faithful. Beyond simply being a central beacon of belief and trust, Catholicism presented many values that corresponded directly to the daily lives and structure of their followers. The Church had strict policies on monogamy throughout all of medieval Europe, regardless of class or stature. It was the belief of the church that there needed to be strict guidelines in a marriage. In requiring the relationship between solely two people, order became apparent in not only a single marriage, but in medieval society as a whole. Villages of the manor thrived on the given arrangement of conservative wedlock. This common rule of the Church formed an important structure that helped to guide the uniformity of medieval households. (law and court system) Practices of law still existed in manorial society. There needed to be a system to deal with crimes committed by peasants or serfs against each other or the welfare of the manor. Their system of law was known as the low justice, under which, there were three divisions: the criminal, manorial, and civil courts. Criminal courts deal with all small crimes committed within the manor. Considering the
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