Ch 14: Holt World History - Human Legacy Chapter 14: The High Middle Ages

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The High Middle Ages chapter of this Holt World History - Human Legacy Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the history of the High Middle Ages. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the High Middle Ages textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Timeline of the Crusades
  • Economic structures in the High Middle Ages
  • Music and literature, including Dante's The Divine Comedy
  • Scientific findings and their effect on the Catholic Church
  • Overview of the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of the Roses

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16 Lessons in Chapter 14: Holt World History - Human Legacy Chapter 14: The High Middle Ages
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The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

1. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

This lesson covers the motivations of Pope Urban II in calling for the crusade at Clermont and at the religious and secular motivations of European laymen. We will also look at the startling success of the first crusade.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

2. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

Results and Impact of the Crusades

3. Results and Impact of the Crusades

This lesson explores the results and impact of the Crusades. We examine the social impact, the political impact and the economic impact of three centuries of crusading.

The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

4. The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

This lesson explores the urban revolution of the 12th century. We will examine the causes, especially the resurgence of trade, and then look at the various factors that made the revolution possible. Finally, we will discuss the impact of this revolution on Medieval Europe.

Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages

5. 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.

Hildegard von Bingen and Female Church Composers: Music and Styles

6. Hildegard von Bingen and Female Church Composers: Music and Styles

Hildegard von Bingen was one of the most important composers of the Medieval Period. In this lesson, learn how her compositions pushed the limits of medieval music and inspired others both musically and poetically.

Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

7. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

8. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

9. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.

Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

10. Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

In this lesson, we explore the reasons behind the typical narrative surrounding the Middle Ages and the advances in reason and science made during this period.

The Spread of Ancient Knowledge and Its Impact on the Church

11. 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.

Heresies and Inquisitions in the High Middle Ages

12. 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.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

13. The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453. This lesson explores what led to the conflict and some of the decisive battles of the war.

Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

14. Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

Joan of Arc was a French peasant who led French troops against England in the Hundred Years' War. This lesson provides a brief description of her life and actions in the war against England.

England's Wars of the Roses

15. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

16. 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.

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