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Ch 10: Early Middle Ages Overview

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Review the Early Middle Ages with these helpful history study resources. These lessons can benefit anyone who needs to prepare for upcoming history exams, finish homework assignments or increase their knowledge of the time period.

Early Middle Ages Overview - Chapter Summary

Take a look at the most important historical events, figures and developments throughout the Early Middle Ages with this study guide chapter. Through a series of engaging video lessons, you'll study several historical topics and people, including Charlemagne, Vikings, feudalism and monasticism. You'll also examine the art, architecture and technological advancements of the time period, as well as the Byzantine and Holy Roman Empires. After finishing the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand feudalism in the context of Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Explain Charlemagne's Divine Right to Rule
  • Outline monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny
  • Identify the style and characteristics of Carolingian art and architecture
  • Summarize the history of the Vikings
  • Describe the armored knight's technology
  • Know how feudal ties and manors established stability
  • Trace the Byzantine Empire's gradual decline

Each lesson comes with an interactive practice quiz to help reinforce the material. Lesson transcripts are available to print and you can quickly jump to specific topics through your course Dashboard. If you have a question, feel free to reach out to our expert history instructors. Finally, these lessons are available to study at your convenience and you can use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: Early Middle Ages Overview
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Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

1. 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

2. 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.

Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

3. Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

This lesson will trace the history of Western monasticism from Benedict to Cluny. It will focus on the Benedictine rule while also highlight monastic contributions to society.

Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

4. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.

Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples

5. Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson covers Carolingian architecture. We first look at Charlemagne's place in a long tradition of imperial builders. We then look at features that distinguish Carolingian churches from early Christian churches: piers, transepts, choirs and westworks. Finally, we explore the blueprint of a Carolingian monastery.

History of the Vikings

6. History of the Vikings

This lesson covers the history of the Vikings. We examine the Viking longships and their role in raids. Then we explore the impact these raids had on European history. Next we look at some of the other things the Vikings did besides raiding.

The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

7. The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

This lesson looks at the technology behind the armored knight. We'll follow the development of medieval armor and the development of the saddle. Finally, we'll look at the implications of this expensive form of warfare.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

8. 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.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

9. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

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