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Ch 14: Byzantine Empire, Roman Catholic Church & the Crusades

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If you're preparing for an upcoming certification or history exam, take a look at this helpful online chapter to review the history of the Byzantine Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and the Crusades. These engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are available to study 24/7.

Byzantine Empire, Roman Catholic Church & the Crusades - Chapter Summary

Complete this chapter to better understand historical events surrounding the Byzantine Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and the Crusades. As you progress through this series of simple and engaging video lessons, you'll take a look at the rise of Christianity; the development of the Byzantine Empire; and the causes, effects and impact of the Great Crusades. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Explain Constantine's conversion and the rise of Christianity
  • Trace the Byzantine Empire's development
  • Evaluate the differences between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches
  • Identify the causes and effects of the First Crusade
  • Summarize the history of the Great Crusades
  • Explain the impact and results of the Crusades

After watching each lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to reinforce your historical knowledge. These lessons can be revisited as many times as needed, and they come with printable transcripts that you can study offline. Use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter material, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have questions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Byzantine Empire, Roman Catholic Church & the Crusades
The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

1. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

The Development of the Byzantine Empire

2. The Development of the Byzantine Empire

The word 'byzantine' is often used to mean something worthy of a spy movie. Learn more about the empire that earned every bit of that word, and how it lasted for more than a thousand years in this lesson.

Byzantine vs. Rome: Eastern Orthodox & Roman Catholic

3. Byzantine vs. Rome: Eastern Orthodox & Roman Catholic

The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches developed largely in the same places as the Western Roman and Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empires. Coincidence? This lesson answers that question.

The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

4. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

This lesson covers the motivations of Pope Urban II in calling for the crusade at Clermont and at the religious and secular motivations of European laymen. We will also look at the startling success of the first crusade.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

5. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

Results and Impact of the Crusades

6. Results and Impact of the Crusades

This lesson explores the results and impact of the Crusades. We examine the social impact, the political impact and the economic impact of three centuries of crusading.

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