Part Three: Choose One Due Thursday

 

 

  1. If I were born a   ___________________ (Choose: merchant, peasant, Lord, Lady; occupation, class, role of religion in your life) in an 11th century medieval village….

·         Clearly demonstrate class/social status as well as reflect the broader feudal society of the time period.

·         Reference the following: marriage and or courtly love, work, worship and leisure.

·         Include your name, age, where you live (manor: town, village, or castle?)

 

Be creative but factual – this is not your opinion, you are representing what life was like for a lord/vassal in the middle Ages.

 

  1. I Thus shall one take the oath of fidelity:

By the Lord before whom this sanctuary is holy, I will to N. be true and faithful, and love all which he loves and shun all which he shuns, according to the laws of God and the order of the world. Nor will I ever with will or action, through word or deed, do anything which is unpleasing to him, on condition that he will hold to me as I shall deserve it, and that he will perform everything as it was in our agreement when I submitted myself to him and chose his will.

An Anglo Saxon Form of Commendation [from Schmidt: Gesetze der Angelsachsen, p. 404]

Write an letter or journal entry from the perspective of the above liege man. Where and when do you live?  Why did you give this oath? What will you get in return? Describe your manor, your responsibilities, your castle. Will you divide your manor and become a Lord? Will you fight in a war? Go on a crusade?  Challenge another knight in defense of  the honor of your love interest? Be creative but factual – this is not your opinion, you are representing what life was like for a lord/vassal in the middle Ages.

3.      Demonstrate a clear understanding of  Chivalry, marriage, and Courtly love by either:

·         Creating a dialogue between a Lord and his Love or a Lady and her Love.

·         Writing a poem/sonnet to your Love.

·         Write a correspondence between a woman or man and their Love lamenting the fact that they must marry a person not of his or her choosing.

Be creative but factual – this is not your opinion, you are representing what life was like for a lord/vassal in the middle Ages.