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European Life in the Middle Ages - Chapter Summary
This helpful teacher resource chapter outlines European life in the Middle Ages to help you craft engaging curriculum. Some of the subjects covered in these video lessons include Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire, the spread of Christianity and the role of Thomas Aquinas in the Catholic Church. Use these materials to refresh your own lessons, lectures and assessments and capture your students' attention about this interesting time period. You can feel confident using this chapter, as all of our learning tools are created by professional instructors.
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Use this chapter to teach your students to achieve the following:
- Outline the major events that occurred in the Middle Ages
- Detail the structure and history of medieval feudalism
- Explain Charlemagne's divine right to rule
- Identify the spread of Christianity and the role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe
- Discuss the influence of Thomas Aquinas on the Catholic Church
- Describe the rise of universities and the displacement of monasteries
- Explore the Little Ice Age and the Black Death
- Provide some facts and information about the symptoms of the Bubonic Plague
- Outline the impact of Medieval England on modern democratic thought
- Detail the formation of modern nation states
1. The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline
In this lesson, we will examine the period of time commonly referred to as the Dark Ages. We will learn why this period is called the Dark Ages and discuss why some historians are now shying away from this term.
2. What is Medieval Feudalism? - Definition, Structure & History
In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical background, basic structure, and general nature of feudalism as practiced in Medieval Europe between the 9th and 15th centuries.
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.
4. Spread of Christianity in Medieval Europe
Christianity may have began as a small religious tradition in the Middle East, but it soon spread throughout much of the known world. This lesson takes a look at how Christianity spread throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages.
5. History of the Church in the Middle Ages
In this lesson we will learn about the history of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. We will highlight key developments and themes related to the Church during this time and analyze their impact.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms
In this lesson, we will discuss the origins and effects of the bubonic plague of the 14th century. Learn about the lasting impacts of one of the most devastating events in European history.
10. The Formation of Modern Nation States
This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.
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