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Ch 13: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 13: European Middle Ages

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The European Middle Ages chapter of this McDougal Littell World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the Middle Ages in Europe. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the European Middle Ages textbook chapter.

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Students Will Study:

  • The loss of classical culture in the Dark Ages
  • Germanic tribes' invasion of Rome
  • Clovis, the Merovingians and the Franks
  • Development of monasteries
  • Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
  • The Vikings
  • Feudalism
  • The technology of a knight's armor
  • Knighthood and the code of chivalry
  • Power struggles between Popes and emperors
  • Structure and powers of the Roman Catholic clergy

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12 Lessons in Chapter 13: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 13: European Middle Ages
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The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

1. The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

This lesson explores the loss of classical culture during the Dark Ages. We compare the life of a medieval peasant to that of a Roman pleb. We then examine the causes of this decline, as well as its repercussions.

Germanic Tribes: Invasion in Rome

2. Germanic Tribes: Invasion in Rome

As the Roman Empire became bigger and bigger, tribes from Germany began to invade various areas. Eventually the continuous attacks led to the break-up of the Empire. This lesson explores a few of the more dominant tribes.

Frankish History: Clovis and the Merovingians

3. Frankish History: Clovis and the Merovingians

This lesson will focus on Clovis and the rise and fall of the Merovingian Dynasty. It will highlight his unification of the Franks, his conversion to Catholicism, and the cultural advancements of the dynasty's rule.

Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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.

Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

7. 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

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 Technology Behind the Armored Knight

9. 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.

Knighthood & the Middle Ages Code of Chivalry

10. Knighthood & the Middle Ages Code of Chivalry

While we may think of knights in shining armor protecting women and the Church through the code of chivalry, the reality was a very different state of affairs. This lesson explains why knights were needed, as well as when the code broke down.

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

11. 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 Roman Catholic Clergy

12. The Roman Catholic Clergy

This lesson will list and describe the different members of the Medieval clergy. Beginning at the lower levels and ending with the Pope, it will outline the duties of each office.

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