This is a 14 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on The Middle Ages: The Decline of Feudalism. All the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
During the 12th to 15th century feudalism declined primarily due to the political changes in England, the Bubonic Plague and the Hundred Years War. The Magna Carta was also written during this time. It limited the powers of the king and strengthened the power of the nobles.
The Bubonic Plague or Black Death spread across Europe in the 1300’s killing millions of people and leading to sweeping social and economic changes. After the plague, there was a shift in power from nobles to common people. Since there was an acute shortage of laborers, the commoners demanded higher wages and more rights. Serfs walked away from manors and moved to cities and found jobs, weakening the manor system.
The Hundred Years War changed the way wars were fought and shifted power from feudal lords to monarchs and the common people. Changes in military technology made the Knights obsolete as the longbow proved effective against them. Castles were no longer impregnable as gunpowder and cannons were used to blast holes in Castle walls.
The presentation covers the following:
King Henry II
King Edward I
The Bubonic Plague
The Plague Arrives
Effects of the Plague
The Hundred Years War
Impact of The Hundred Years War
End of Presentation
This is one of several power point presentations that I offer in my store on... the Middle Ages.