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Inside the Medieval Mind [electronic resource]: Power

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Writing in the late 1200s, the Spanish nobleman Ramon Lull listed various duties which no knight could ignore. They included fidelity to the monarch, defense of the Christian faith-and, only slightly lower on the list, maintaining order among the tenants on one's estate. This program examines the means by which such political "ideals" were implemented and enforced during the Middle Ages. Spelling out the similarities between serfdom and slavery, the film illustrates the militant agenda behind William the Conqueror's building projects; the draconian nature of the era's "forest laws," which severely impacted livelihoods across England; and the shocking simplicity of weregild, a legal system that valued a nobleman's life far above that of a commoner.
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59 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 03, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Inside the Medieval Mind
Inside the medieval mind
  • Natural Order (3:16)
  • Burden of Serfdom (4:34)
  • Law of the Forest (4:21)
  • Outlaws and Peasants (3:13)
  • English Nobility and Castles (2:18)
  • Code of Chivalry: Caste Solidarity (5:33)
  • Power of Kingship (2:42)
  • Control of the Aristocracy (4:09)
  • Domestic Disputes in the Royal Household (3:36)
  • Power by Fear; King John (3:11)
  • King John' vs. Aristocracy (4:00)
  • Power to the People (2:20)
  • Act of God: Black Death (2:14)
  • Threat to Class System (4:36)
  • Peasant Revolt (2:52)
  • New Class Structure in England (5:00)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2008.
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  • 42040s Films Media Group
  • 42044 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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