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Ch 10: The Late Middle Ages

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Watch online video lessons to learn about the historical era known as the Late Middle Ages. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz to help check your understanding of such topics as the Western Schism, fourteenth century peasant revolts, and more.

The Late Middle Ages - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Use this chapter to develop your understanding of significant events of the Late Middle Ages in Europe. These Late Middle Ages video lessons will introduce you to topics like the Hundred Years' War, the Little Ice Age, as well as all of the following:

  • The decline of Papal authority
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
  • The longbow
  • Joan of Arc
  • The Black Death

VideoObjective
Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal AuthorityReview the history of how the pope's power declined.
The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 PopesLearn about the aftermath of the pope's fall.
Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle AgesExplore the development of literature during this time.
The Hundred Years' War: England vs. FranceReview the nature of this historic war.
The Longbow in the Hundred Years' WarLearn about how the longbow changed warfare.
Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' WarReview Joan of Arc's role in the end of the war.
The Little Ice Age and the Black DeathLearn the effects of environmental conditions and the plague during this time period.
Fourteenth Century Peasant Revolts Across EuropeExplore the history of peasant revolts through Europe.

8 Lessons in Chapter 10: The Late Middle Ages
Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority

1. Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority

In the Middle Ages, the power of the papacy began to decline. A French pope chose to move his court to France. This lesson explores this event, its background, and its impact on Catholicism.

The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 Popes

2. The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 Popes

In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church ended up with three elected popes, creating a division in loyalty. This lesson explores how this incident occurred and how it was finally resolved.

Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

3. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

4. The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453. This lesson explores what led to the conflict and some of the decisive battles of the war.

The Longbow in the Hundred Years' War

5. The Longbow in the Hundred Years' War

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France over English control of French territories. In two major battles, England won because of their longbowmen. This lesson explains why the longbows were important.

Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

6. Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

Joan of Arc was a French peasant who led French troops against England in the Hundred Years' War. This lesson provides a brief description of her life and actions in the war against England.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

7. The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Fourteenth century Europe experienced a devastating population decline due to a climate cooling, famine, and the plague. This lesson explores how these factors occurred and their impact on Europe.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

8. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

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