Mapping out life in a Feudal manor

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Mapping out life in a Feudal manor

Post  Brock M. Hay on Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:31 am

To be honest, even though it is the horrible religion brought lapse in human progress, the middle ages is my favorite subject in history. In Canada we studied this for the majority of the sixth grade, so Brandon and I already know a great deal about these times. I want to share with all of you exactly what living in that time was like, so maybe you can be interested in this subject as well. Lets talk about a vassal, or a minor lord, who owns his fief, few villages of mostly serfs, and few nice houses belonging to knights and are granted part of the vast acres of land (plus a few serfs) that the vassal was granted himself. Typically the most major serf village would be situated right outside the moat of the manor. The knights could live in well efficient houses scattered anywhere in that land. Between our vassal's territory versus others may be cut off with either forests, mountains (not usually), or lakes, which would make it obvious to serfs that they were prohibited from crossing that land division. Lets take a look at the manor, within it, lies a large dining room, a tower as sleeping quarters, and many vast hallways and many defense or watch walls or towers. That was the main part of of the fief, in a more outdoor area, you may have a garden, or you may have a training center for knights, and much warfare equipment. Also there would be a blacksmith, near the moat a weaver. These areas worked by serfs that have slightly advanced skill. There would be a smaller area of the manor in which the priest of the land lives, oh yes, he was treated much better than a serf, and given great authority, even advising the vassal himself at times. This is a relatively small fief so the church or chapel would be orientated in the major serf village that would be right by the moat surrounding the estate. In the village, you have many farm animals, many shacks in which peasants slept. Perhaps the specialized serf would have a slightly nicer shack, not having to be near all of the animals, and maybe have more granted land to live off of than most others. The chapel would be there, risen in its glory, people would be stuffed in that chapel every Sunday, and daily a few would venture in to pray or to beg forgiveness. Other villages would be smaller and without a chapel, typically the specialized serfs would be closest to the fief where they worked so they belonged to the major village. These villages were small, foe the less land expense as possible, the entire turn of every life in that land was on those acres that grew their food, it meant their lives for them, maybe with the only exception of the vassal himself. The knights had nice houses, with a few rooms, plus they may have control of a few serfs or even a very, small village. They would be around the fief often to train, or to do the feudal wishes of their vassal. The majority of a knight's childhood was spent at the fief training, there were three main student stages. The first was at a very young age, in which the boy would have basic school education, begin to learn chivalry, sword combat, and discipline. The second stage was in the preteen, and young teenager age. The student would begin to study military tactics, have religious education, and begin to become introduced to various armor and equipment, and learn to take care of it, and become skilled in combat, as well as mounted riding and combat. The third stage is in the later teens, until full adulthood. The student would master combat, have his own equipment, know battle tactics, and even become an assistant to a real knight in warfare (as in maintaining his equipment, and running errands for him). After that, the student shall be knighted by his vassal. In times of warfare, all knights fully equipped and mounted would lead the serfs into battle, the serfs would use anything they has access to to fight, even farm tools were used! I would like to go more in depth with the Vassal and peasant duties but I fear that anymore in this post and I will just make people cringe at the length of this post.
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Post  MariaelenaFarina on Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:35 pm

Wow Brock, you sure know how to make a person cringe at the length of your posts... Smile

Anyways, here are some things that i learned from your lengthy, but interesting, post:
- Typically the most major serf village would be situated right outside the moat of the manor.
-There would be a smaller area of the manor in which the priest of the land lives, oh yes, he was treated much better than a serf, and given great authority, even advising the vassal himself at times.
-In the village, you have many farm animals, and many shacks in which peasants slept.
-The knights had nice houses, with a few rooms, plus they may have control of a few serfs or even a very, small village.
-The majority of a knight's childhood was spent at the fief training, there were three main student stages. The first was at a very young age, in which the boy would have basic school education, begin to learn chivalry, sword combat, and discipline. The second stage was in the preteen, and young teenager age. The student would begin to study military tactics, have religious education, and begin to become introduced to various armor and equipment, and learn to take care of it, and become skilled in combat, as well as mounted riding and combat. The third stage is in the later teens, until full adulthood.

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