Copyright

Ch 32: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The High Middle Ages in Europe

About This Chapter

The online video lessons in this chapter were created to teach you about important events that occurred during the High Middle Ages. Test your knowledge specific topics including the travels of Marco Polo and more by taking the short self-assessment quizzes that are included.

The High Middle Ages in Europe - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter is designed to teach you about philosophers, reforms and education during the High Middle Ages. The reign of King Henry II, the power of the church and the struggle for secular control are some of the topics you'll encounter. The fun video lessons will highlight areas such as:

  • Why several High Middle Ages charters were important
  • The origins of the medieval guild
  • What led to the spread of Christianity in the 11th century
  • The establishment of the Habsburg dynasty

Video Objective
Heresies and Inquisitions in the High Middle Ages Learn about the popularity of heretical beliefs during the High Middle Ages.
Mendicants: St. Francis and Church Reforms Read about the wealth of the Catholic Church and the orders of the mendicants.
The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the Church Discuss the spread of classical knowledge across Western Europe.
The Holy Roman Empire: Politics and Religion Discuss the leaders and kingdoms of the Holy Roman Empire.
Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors Read about King Frederick I Barbarossa and his struggles with the pope and Italy.
The Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monarchies Discover how monastic education gave way to the development of universities.
The Magna Carta and the Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition and Significance Learn about the objectives of the Constitutions of Clarendon.
Charter of the Forest and the Provisions of Oxford: Definition and Significance Read about the creation of the Charter of the Forest and its objectives.
How Thomas Aquinas Saved the Faith From Reason Explore the opposing views of Aristotle and Plato as well as the beliefs of Thomas Aquinas.
Mongolians and their Contributions to Western Civilization Describe the technologies that the Mongols introduced to European culture.
Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages Explore the creation of craft, merchant and medieval guilds during the High Middle Ages.

11 Lessons in Chapter 32: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The High Middle Ages in Europe
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Mendicants: St. Francis and Church Reforms

2. Mendicants: St. Francis and Church Reforms

Catholicism spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. In response to growing power and separation from urban middle-class citizens, mendicants lived in poverty and reached out to the poor. This lesson explores the orders formed by the mendicants.

The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the Church

3. 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 Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

4. The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

In this lesson, we will examine the Holy Roman Empire. We will learn about its development, explore its political institutions, meet its leaders, and study its last days.

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

5. 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 Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monasteries

6. 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

7. 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.

Charter of the Forest and the Provisions of Oxford: Definition & Significance

8. Charter of the Forest and the Provisions of Oxford: Definition & Significance

In the High Middle Ages several charters were created that limited the authority of ruling powers. This lesson explores two of these charters, both of which limited the authority of the king of England.

Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church

9. 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.

Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

10. Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

This lesson covers the contributions of the Mongols to Western civilization. We begin by examining the tale of Marco Polo. Next, we look at some common misconceptions about the Mongols. Finally, we enumerate the many technologies brought to Europe by this group.

Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages

11. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the CLEP Social Sciences and History: Study Guide & Test Prep course

Support