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Ch 16: Contributions of Medieval European Politics

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Watch this chapter's video lessons to chart the rise of the Holy Roman Empire and re-examine the significance of documents including the Magna Carta and the Provisions of Oxford. Short quizzes are also included to help check your understanding of these topics.

Contributions of Medieval European Politics - Chapter Summary

Begin your review of Medieval European politics with lessons tracing the feudal system's origins in the fall of Rome. You'll take another look at the advantages and disadvantages of this system before studying the unification of Europe under Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire.

Other lessons can help you rediscover why universities slowly replaced monasteries as centers of learning and examine conflicts created by the Constitutions of Clarendon. Wrap up your study of Medieval European politics with lessons on the creation of English common law and jury trials as well as the various legal documents limiting the king's authority, such as the Magna Carta, Charter of the Forest and Provisions of Oxford. By the time you finish the lessons in this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Feudalism
  • Rise of the Holy Roman Empire
  • The creation of universities
  • English legal and political reforms
  • The English court system

Instruction is delivered through engaging videos that last between five and ten minutes each. Transcripts are also included if you'd prefer a written format or quick access to important vocabulary terms. When you've finished viewing these materials, check out the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to see how much of the material you remember.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: Contributions of Medieval European Politics
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Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

1. Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

This lesson will explore the impact of feudalism on European society. While explaining the system of feudalism, it will highlight how it offered protection and stability to Europe, specifically after the 5th century fall of Rome.

Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

2. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

3. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Medieval England's Impact on Modern Democratic Thought

8. Medieval England's Impact on Modern Democratic Thought

Going back almost a thousand years, the English have had an enormous impact on the democratic ideals we value today. Learn how the English were among the first to use trial by jury and many other democratic practices.

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