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The High Middle Ages
This chapter is part of a series that covers the entire span of the Middle Ages. In this particular chapter, knowledgeable instructors will guide you through lessons focusing on the High Middle Ages. These video lessons will help you explore topics and events like the Magna Carta, the displacement of monarchies, and heresies in this particular era. After completing this chapter, you should be familiar with:
- Guilds in western culture
- Thomas Aquinas
- The rising importance of universities in this era
- Political freedom and related documents
- Daily life for English peasants in the High Middle Ages
|Heresies and Inquisitions in the High Middle Ages||Learn about heresies and the Church's response.|
|The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the Church||See how the Church was affected when Crusaders brought back previously-forgotten science and mathematics.|
|The Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monarchies||Examine the founding of universities and how they replaced monasteries as learning centers.|
|The Magna Carta & The Constitution of Clarendon: Definition & Significance||Explore the contents of documents key to the advancement of political freedom.|
|Classical influences on Gothic Art & Architecture||Familiarize yourself with what affected this area of art and architecture during this time period.|
|How Thomas Aquinas Saved the Faith from Reason||Explore Thomas Aquinas' contribution to the religion of this time.|
|Frederick II and the New Holy Roman Empire||Learn about the exploits of this most amazing leader and a nice overview of what the land we now call Germany was up to.|
|Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages||Explore the role of guilds in the economy of Western societies.|
|Middle Age Royals of England and France||Examine the relationships between royal houses.|
|Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors||Discover various aspects of the conflicts between secular and religious power.|
|The Daily Life of English Peasants||Learn about what everyday life for typical English peasants of this time.|
1. Heresies and Inquisitions in the High Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages the term heresy referred to religious beliefs that were in disagreement with an established Christian doctrine. This lesson explores the often violent results of the growing popularity of heretical beliefs in the High Middle Ages.
2. The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the Church
Classical knowledge comes from ancient cultures like the Greeks and Romans. When Christians fought in the Crusades, they discovered some of these texts. This lesson explores the impact of classical learning on the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages.
3. The Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monasteries
Before the Middle Ages, education was the responsibility of the Church. As the need for education spread to those who were not clergy, monasteries could no longer meet the needs of education. This lesson explores the decline of monastic education and the rise of the university.
4. The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance
In the High Middle Ages, rulers fought for supreme power. This lesson explores two of the earliest documents to limit power of an authority figure, whether it was the pope or a king.
5. Classical Influences on Gothic Art & Architecture
Although Gothic artwork was created hundreds of years after the fall of Classical civilization in Western Europe, there were still many examples of Classical influences in Gothic design. Learn more about similarities between the two styles.
6. Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church
St. Thomas Aquinas was perhaps the most important figure of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. This lesson examines what he did to help protect the Church against a rebirth of critical thinking by using critical thinking to defend the Church.
7. Frederick II: King and Emperor
Fredrick II was responsible for gaining control of many lands in Germany and Italy under the Holy Roman Empire. This lesson explores the background of the story and Frederick's accomplishments.
8. Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages
Medieval guilds provided standards for production and protected their members from oppression. This lesson explores why guilds developed in the High Middle Ages.
9. Middle Age Royals of England and France
The life of a High Middle Ages's king was filled with conflict. This lesson explores some of the major kings of England and France and their relations with each other and their powerful nobles.
10. Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors
The High Middle Ages was characterized by constant struggles for power. This lesson explores fighting between the papacy, Germany, and Italy for authority over the Holy Roman Empire.
11. The Daily Life of English Peasants
Peasants of the Middle Age faced a very harsh life. This lesson explores the typical lifestyle for an English peasant in the 11th through 13th centuries, including the daily tasks they performed.
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Other chapters within the History 101: Western Civilization I course
- History of Ancient Greece
- Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement
- The Rise of the Roman Republic
- The Fall of the Roman Empire
- The Dark Ages
- The Early Middle Ages
- The Medieval Warm Period
- The Late Middle Ages
- The Renaissance
- The Age of Exploration
- The Reformation
- The Elizabethan Era
- Studying for History 101