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  • Daily Life in the Middle Ages
  • It was a Hot Day on the Fields... 
  • Ever since the fall of Rome and Charlemagne reign began, my family has been stuck as dirt poor serfs while the Lords and Vassals live the easy life.
  • I wish their was a way out, but there isn't. At least we are guaranteed protection and shelter.
  • And be quick about it! I have a trial at sundown for a serf who left the manor without permission.
  • Meanwhile in the Manor House....
  • Samuel! Send out notices to inform the people of their weekly taxes at once! I need funds to support the king 's stay at my manor.
  • Yes sir!
  • By: Zoe Vance 
  • Francesca's Family's Home:
  • More taxes already?! I think its about time that we buy our freedom and work asa peasants on a different farm.
  • Serfs are forced to work long hours in the fields for no pay but shelter and protection. The manual labor was hard and tiring. This girl is named Francesca who was born a serf with no way to move social classes.
  • In the Meantime at the King's Castle
  • *Here we go again (insert eye roll)*
  • Ugh, what a day. Boy do I need to vent.
  • The Lord of this manor has been overseeing his serfs all day and has returned to the castle to make preparations for the king's stay at his manor. 
  • Later That Day at the Trial
  • Joseph Flannigan, I hereby proclaim that your punishment for leaving the manor without permission from your lord will be 30 straight days of hard labor with no pay.
  • Because the Lords ran the manor that the serfs lived on, they could tax them at anytime and could make up the laws and punishments for crimes.  The difference between serfs and peasants was that serfs were bound to the land they worked on unless they bought their freedom, but peasants were free to move and work where they wanted. Both were very poor and could not move social classes.
  • I wish, but there's no way we can afford it. If only we would just be handed a fief and live the rich life like the lords and vassals.
  • Kings had total rule over his kingdom, and then he would split it up into smaller pieces called fiefs and give it to his lords. The land was still the king's, but the lords would be in charge of protecting and caring for the land. Kings, lords, and vassals all lead much easier lives than serfs and peasants.
  • Oh no he didn't! (gasp)
  • First, I was splitting up my new western land into separate fiefs for my newer vassals and I was interrupted for the fourth time this week by Sir. Henry to inform me of a runaway cow. Like I care!
  • And the cook burnt my croissants for, like, the five-thousandth time.
  • Lords had the power to create their own rules and laws for the land that they controlled; and were also in charge of the punishments that followed disobeying one of those laws. Lords and vassals would sometimes put their own needs before those of the people they ruled and would threaten violence to get what they want.
  • Huh, that wasn't so bad after all.
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