About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP World History Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the Medieval Warm Period. There is no faster or easier way to learn about this period of the Middle Ages. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about medieval church conflicts, culture and technology.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Medieval Warm Period unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Medieval Warm Period Unit Objectives:
- Understand how climate and technology affected historical developments in Western Europe.
- Identify some medieval agricultural technologies, such as the heavy plow, water wheel and windmill.
- Describe the Great Schism that led to a break between Eastern and Western European churches.
- Discuss the reign of William the Conqueror, England's first Norman king.
- Summarize the political and religious aspects of the Investiture Conflict.
- Provide an overview of the dynastic reigns of England's Henry II and Philip Augustus of France.
- Highlight what was unique to Romanesque architecture and art.
- Provide a timeline of the First and Great Crusades, and the subsequent rebirth of cities and towns.
1. The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies
Climate change in the medieval era led to many changes for Europe in the Medieval Warm Period. Explore the agricultural revolution, political climate change, new technologies for farming and horses, and the implementing of three-field crop rotation.
2. The Great Schism Between the East and Western Churches
The Great Schism was a divide in Christianity that created Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. In this lesson, explore some of the issues that contributed to the Schism's occurrence, including political and cultural disunity and the power of the papacy.
3. William the Conqueror & Politics and Art in the Dark Ages
While Europe faced political and cultural upheaval during the Dark Ages, William the Conqueror garnered great success. Explore the state of Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, and learn how William the Conqueror formed a powerful military force.
4. The Roman Catholic Clergy
The clergy of the Roman Catholic church are the people who do the daily work of the church, helping give the church structure and order. Explore the different roles of Roman Catholic clergy: priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and the Pope.
5. The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church
The 'Investiture Conflict' of the 11th and 12th created a rift and out lined the issues that arise between church and state. Learn more about the rulers versus centralized church, primary players involved in the era, the compromise of the Concordat of Worms and the German rebellion.
6. The 4 Lateran Councils: The Rules and Decisions
The 12th-century Roman Catholic Church was given tradition, structure, and law through a series of Lateran Councils, or large meetings of the church's leadership. Discover the impact of the rules and decisions brought forth by the first, second, third, and fourth Lateran Councils.
7. Windmills, Water Wheels and Labor Savers in the Dark Ages
11th century Europe invention use of the watermill allowed technological and agricultural production without the higher need of labor. See how windmills, water wheels, and ingenuity caused a 'boom' that progressed Europe out of the Dark Ages, and led to industrial revolution through a positive feedback loop.
8. Henry II of England and Philip Augustus of France
Part of the Plantagenet dynasty, English kings Henry II, Richard I, and John all lost their lands to France's King Philip Augustus. Discover the failures and successes of these kings as well as their relationship with Philip Augustus.
9. Thomas Becket and the Constitutions of Clarendon
In medieval England, Archbishop Thomas Becket was at odds with King Henry II after he refused to support the king's Constitutions of Clarendon, which gave the king power over the church. Learn about positions of power in England, Thomas Becket, and the Constitutions of Clarendon.
10. Romanesque Art: History, Characteristics & Style
Romanesque art captured the religious devotion of the first century, mixing old world styles into forms for a new millennium. Discover the history of Romanesque art, explore its characteristics and style, and review popular elements such as sculptural decoration, stained glass windows, and secular art.
11. Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History
Romanesque architecture took direct inspiration from the Roman architecture of old. Explore the history and characteristics of Romanesque architecture and analyze some examples like semicircular arches and the ribbed, groin, and barrel vaults.
12. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects
The First Crusade not only expanded the papacy's control, but it also brought the monarchs of Europe together for a period of temporary unity. Explore the causes and effects of how Pope Urban's pitch for evangelization to a council of clergymen led to the First Crusade, mobilizing the wealthy and poor across Europe.
13. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline
Despite the success of the First Crusade, the ventures that followed were disastrous. Examine the history and timeline of the failures of the Great Crusades, and the factors that contributed to complications in crusading abroad, and at home in Europe.
14. Results and Impact of the Crusades
The violent Christian expansion against the East through the Crusades left an incredible impact on Western Civilization. Discover the repercussions, and their direct impacts socially, economically, and politically throughout history.
15. The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce
The reemergence of towns and commerce came about with the European urban revolution. Learn about the original medieval economy, understand the resurgence of trade, explore the scope, causing factors, and implications of the urban revolution, and identify the role of cities at the heart of these events.
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