During the Middle Ages, nobles constantly fought one another. Their feuding kept Europe in a fragmented state for centuries. Through warfare, feudal lords defended their estates, seized new territories, and increased wealth. Lords and their armies lived in a violent society that prized combat skills. By the 1100s, though, a code of behavior began to arise. High ideals guided warriors' actions and glorified their roles.Activities
1. The Age of Chivalry
a. Students will read about the knight's code of chivalry . They will look at the following
aspects of chivalry:
Education, Weapons/Equipment, War Games, Code of Chivalry, Roles of Woman,
and Romantic Love
c. A brief classroom discussion will follow
2. Video: Knights Armor
1. Explain the technology, standards, and training of knights.
2. Analyze how medieval literature depicts chivalry, knighthood, and women.
3. Summarize the roles and status of medieval women