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Ch 5: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages

About This Chapter

The Government & Culture in the Middle Ages chapter of this Major Eras in World History Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the development of society in Medieval Europe. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of the governmental systems and cultural movements of the Middle Ages.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Middle Ages material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the culture of Medieval Europe. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the government and cultural movements of the Middle Ages
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Government & Culture in the Middle Ages chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Government & Culture in the Middle Ages chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any questions about the Middle Ages. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the evolution of government and culture during the Middle Ages for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • The history and hierarchy of feudalism
  • Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
  • The mechanics of a knight's armor
  • The development of agrarian technology during the Medieval Warm Period
  • The peasant revolts of the 14th century
  • Defining characteristics of Gothic architecture, including sculpture and stained glass
  • The style of Gothic painting
  • The formation and development of modern nation states

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

2. 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 Technology Behind the Armored Knight

3. 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.

The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

4. The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

In this lesson, we explore the factors that brought about Europe's Medieval Agricultural Revolution. We look at the climate of Europe and the key agricultural technologies and techniques that revolutionized agriculture: the heavy plow, the horse collar & the three field crop rotation system.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

5. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

Gothic Architecture: Style, Characteristics & History

6. Gothic Architecture: Style, Characteristics & History

This lesson covers the three main features of Gothic architecture: the pointed arch, the rib vault and the flying buttress. We then look at a slideshow of examples of the Gothic style around Europe.

Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

7. Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

In this lesson, we cover the development of Gothic architectural decoration, specifically decorative sculpture and stained glass windows. You'll learn about Gothic use of stained glass and the evolution of sculpture from Romanesque decoration to Gothic statues.

Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

8. Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

This lesson follows the development of two trends in Gothic painting: realism and perspective. We explore the origins of these movements in Italian Gothic masters, like Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti Brothers, and their later expression in Northern European illuminations.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

9. 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.

The Middle Ages' Social Class System

10. The Middle Ages' Social Class System

This lesson explains the three major classes of Europe in the Middle Ages. Let's work our way from kings to peasant and look at some common misconceptions about the European class system of the Middle Ages.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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