Whether your life was difficult or not depended a great deal on your social and economic position in society. People lived in many ways and in many different places. The manorial system bound the nobility to the serfs. A ‘middle class’ of merchants developed in the growing towns and cities. Monks and nuns served the needs of their communities or lived lives of silent contemplation.
PROMPT: Was your life “better” or “worse” than your contemporaries?
ASSIGNMENT: Create a journal of daily life during the period covered by Chapter 12. Pick a character based on the pairings listed below. Compare your life that of the opposite character and argue whether your life is “better” or “worse.” Why is this the case? What evidence can you provide to support this claim? Consider the questions listed below as you recreate a picture of Medieval life.
*Lord or Lady (nobility)
*Noble Lady or Serf Woman
*Lord or Serf Man
*Urban Housewife or Serf Woman
*Female Serf or Male Serf
*Nun or Serf, Lady, or Housewife
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
*What work do you do? What is your job? How do you do your job? What tools or expertise do you need?
*What is your daily schedule?
*What is your home like?
*What do you eat and drink?
*What do you wear?
*What do you see around you? What do you hear? What do you smell?
*How do you spend your leisure time?
1. All library resources used for this assignment are on reserve.
2. There will be a reserve cart located near the circulation desk in the library.
3. All students working on the assignment can and should help to build the reserve collection.
4. Items on reserve may be checked out overnight only (checked out at the end of the school day and returned before classes begin the next day).
5. Items may be placed on Hold using Follett Destiny:
a. Go to the library page on Blackboard.
b. Click on the Follett Destiny icon.
c. Click on "Ursuline" to link to our collection.
d. Click on the login prompt in the upper right corner and log in using your Blackboard login.
e. Search the catalog for the title you would like to place on Hold.
f. Click on the title.
g. Click on the "Hold It!" button located on the right side of the screen.
h. You will be alerted via email when the item is available for check out.
serf Middle Ages
fief feudal system