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Ch 9: The High Middle Ages

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Watch video lessons and learn about the historical era known as the High Middle Ages. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of the High Middle Ages.

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

VideoObjective
Heresies and Inquisitions in the High Middle AgesLearn about heresies and the Church's response.
The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the ChurchSee 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 & SignificanceExplore the contents of documents key to the advancement of political freedom.
Classical influences on Gothic Art & ArchitectureFamiliarize yourself with what affected this area of art and architecture during this time period.
How Thomas Aquinas Saved the Faith from ReasonExplore Thomas Aquinas' contribution to the religion of this time.
Frederick II and the New Holy Roman EmpireLearn 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 FranceExamine the relationships between royal houses.
Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. EmperorsDiscover various aspects of the conflicts between secular and religious power.
The Daily Life of English PeasantsLearn about what everyday life for typical English peasants of this time.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: The High Middle Ages
Heresies and Inquisitions in the High Middle Ages

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.

The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the Church

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.

The Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monasteries

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.

The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

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.

Classical Influences on Gothic Art & Architecture

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.

Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church

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.

Frederick II: King and Emperor

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.

Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages

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.

Middle Age Royals of England and France

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.

Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors

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.

The Daily Life of English Peasants

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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