2 IntroductionGuiding Question: In what ways can changing social structures affect a society’s worldview?Has there been an event in your life that changed your way of thinking. (e.g. move to a new location, meeting someone who had different ideas, etcRead story about Black Death p.17If half the people in Canada suddenly died of a terrible disease, how do you think this would affect out society?Put greater value on scientific and medical researchPeople may be cautious and suspiciousSpend more time with families and loved onesFewer wage earners, standard of living would go down
3 Less emphasis on materialism Greater concern for the environment How does Orcagna’s art capture the mood of the people affected by the Black Death?The mood is bleak and darkPeople think, fearfulWhat change would you like to see in our society’s thinking today and what aspect of our way of thinking would you not want to see change?Less emphasis on materialismGreater concern for the environmentWouldn’t want to lose our governmental system, technological advances
4 Section 1: A Changing Society Guiding Question: In what ways can changing social structures affect a society’s worldview?Feudalism – system of political organization during the middle ages. Lord owned the land and all other served him.Hierarchy- social system where status is ranked. Power is concentrated in the higher ranks.
5 Knights – pledged allegiance to the king, promised to fight for him in exchange for rights to pieces of land (manor or fief)Commoners (freeholders and serfs) – freemen – peasants who rented land from lord or worked for payserfs – peasants who worked the land for the lord, not allowed to leave the manor without the lord’s permission.
6 Feudalism GameDo you think the serfs ever tried to revolt? Why or why not? (Reminder: serfs had very little power and no weapons.)What would you do if you were a serf?Have the students predict what might happen if the serfs refused to harvest the lord’s crops.What motive (reason) did the serfs have for staying on the manor?(protection from the lord)How would the various positions in society influence a person’s worldview? Imagine living in Europe during this era.How would they spend their time?What would their hopes and dreams be?What would their world view be?Compare that life with life today.
7 Part II Read: Medieval Country Life p.18-19 and Town Life p. 22-23 peasants assigned strips of landcenters for farm communitiespeasants worked together plowing, hayingcastles, monastery (buildings, lands in which monks lived, carried out religious duties.)peasant gave noble portion of producelocal goods availablebuild roads, clear forestcrowded, dirtyfreedom, new opportunitiesunskilled peasants could learn trades
8 Identify positive and negative aspects of both ways of life. Where would you have liked to live and why?BRAVEHEART
9 Part IIIWho’s interests where best served by feudalism? What kinds of pressures many have caused feudalism to break down?Challenges to the Feudal SystemRevolts1337, war between England and Francefighting devastated the countrysidepeasants revolted because of high rents and taxes Black Deathmillions died from a plague between 1346 – 1350
10 Do the Math ProblemAfter the Black Death sixty serfs died in the plague or left to work for higher wages elsewhere. Freeman now demand higher wages as well. You need to hire an additional 80 workers for 300 days/year at 3 pennies/day. What are your total expenses for one year?penniesManors had to operate with fewer serfs. How might that have affected those still living on the manor?labor shortages on manor, estates went bankruptnobles began to rent out land or sell it to the serfs. Before the Black Death there were 200 serfs living and working on your manor. Freeman are sometimes hired but wages are low. You want to hire 80 additional workers for 300 days a year and you pay a wage of 1 penny/day. What are your total expenses for one year?pennies
11 Wealth in Society Marriage at Cana Urban people now could move from one social level to anotherTopChurch officials lordsLords of large manorsOld noble familiesWealthy merchantsMiddle classmerchants and business peoplecraftspeopleshopkeepersbankerspriest and lower church officialsLower classpeasantsrural laborersurban laborersservantsunemployed
12 New middle class emerged Social position based on money, not on ownership of landPeople became more focused on material possessions – clothing, furniture, etcSumptuary laws: laws that controlled the consumption or how people spent their money. Like the G.S.TMen and women wore sumptuous clothes of silks, brocades, cut velvets and lace; precious stones and gold nets on their hair. Materials streamed with silver and gold were always vivid in color. Warm, flesh-tinted cosmetics were applied freely. Servents, pages, lackeys and ushers were clad gaudily, half red and half yellow, or half green and half white. Read page 24-27
13 Section 2: A Religious Society Guiding question- In what ways do religious beliefs shape a society’s worldview?Consider various religions from around the world. Do you think the world views in some societies are influenced more by religion than in other societies?Read pages 29-30Discuss: How did the power of the church influence the way people reacted to the Black Death?
14 The Church CommunityMake a list of hierarchies you can identify in society today, what are some positive and negative affects these hierarchies have on people?Read page 31Draw in your notebooks the Church Hierarchy Diagram on pg 31Read aloud “The Monastic Life on page 32 and “Learning and the Church” pg 33To what extent does the church still play some of the same roles as in the Middle Ages?Read page 34, and then make a list of how attitudes toward religion were changing, and what caused these changes.Reflect and Respond-HomeworkReview the past section we read and create a symbol that represents the Power of religion during the middle ages.