Feudalism Paragraph Assignment
I teach HIS 101 on campus, I always end up showing the movie Monty
Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Although a great comedy--one
have seen scores of times--it also has some of the best satirical
portrayals of some aspects of life in medieval England, for example,
the trial by ordeal (weight of a duck scene), the French castle in
England (remember William the Conqueror and his army were "Frenchmen"),
the peasants mucking about in the muck (wondering how Arthur had become
their king) and, of course, the quest for
the Holy Grail. Photo Credit.
Read the Feudal
document excerpt (along with the study questions and the study notes for the assignment and the information about feudalism). Answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the feudal document (not from the textbook), what did this document reveal about
medieval society? (This is an amazing document. If
you look at each word or phrase closely, you can discover much information.
You can begin by analyzing the first word, "Lawday.")
Your paragraph must follow this format:
- begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
- font size 10 or 12 only
- one-inch margins
- direct, quoted material to support your points
- name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
- about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked
to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit
and will result in an improved grade.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for
specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the
course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.
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