Middle Ages-Luke Mort


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  • In 1215, King John angered the Nobles with oppressive taxes and abusing his power. The Nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta, which established rules. The three were: Due process of law, assertion of Nobles having certain rights, and clear statement that monarchs must obey laws.
  • The Pope commanded Christians to take back the holy land. The fighters were motivated through religious zeal, wealth, escaping troubles, and a sense of adventure. Even though millions of lives were lost, the Crusades increased trade and the use of a money economy.
  • Let's take back the holy land!
  • The bubonic plague, known as the black death, killed 1/3-1/2 of Europe's population.
  • Romanesque churches looked like fortresses and reflected Roman influences. No windows were applied because of the fear of making the walls to weak to withstand the roof. The interior part of the church was dark and gloomy.
  • The deaths that took place influenced the decline of trade, inflation, and the end to feudalism. The fear and frustration of the plague caused rebellious citizens to riot.
  • The plague was transmitted by rats being infected by fleas and the rats going on ships who then brought the plague to Europe.
  • My long bow can fire 3 arrows in the time you shoot one!
  • The Hundred Years' War was fought between Britain and France. The war was caused by the king's attempt to retake France's land. The French nearly lost until the emergence of Joan of Arc who helped defeat the British, but unfortunately the British captured her and burned her at the stake. The Church declared her a saint for her heroic actions.
  • We have Joan of Arc and the cannon!
  • A castle in medieval times was the home of an important figure, such as a lord or king who lived in a well defended home. The castle was used to protect the lord/king and his wealth while he was fighting or away from the castle. The castle allowed the lord or king to control the surrounding area.
  • Gothic style churches were best known for there flying buttresses, which were stone supports that were outside the walls. They helped the builders make large structures with high walls. The churches allowed for large stained-glass windows that helped make the churches creative and for light to pass through.
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