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The Visigoths occupied Spain and Italy until the Ostrogoths, another Germanic tribe, took control of Italy in the fifth century. 

Many groups of people settled in Britain and were called the Anglo-Saxons

Clovis established the kingdom of the franks. 

Wergild : the amount paid by a wrongdoer to the family of the person they had injured or killed. 

Ordeal : based on the idea of divine intervention. 

Bishopric : Local Christian communities were run by parishes who were led by priests. A group of parishes was headed by a bishop whose authority was known as Bishopric. 

Popes : Peters (who was given key to heaven) successors. 

Monk : a man who separates himself from ordinary human society in order to pursue a life of total dedication to God. 

Monasticism : The practice of living the life of a monk .

Missionaries : people sent out to carry a religious message. 

Nun : women who dedicate themselves to God, played an important role in the monastic movement. 

Abbesses : Nuns lived in convents who were headed by abbesses. 

Feudalism : Peasants lived an worked for a lord or noble who would protect them. 

Vassal : A man who served a lord in a military capacity was known as a vassal. 

Knights : The knights had great social prestige and formed the backbone of the European aristocracy. 

Fief : The grant of land made to vassal was known as a Fief. 

Tournaments : contests where knights could sow their fighting skills. 

Chivalry : A cod of ethics that knights were supposed to uphold.