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Ch 35: MTEL History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages

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Use this study guide to learn about society, art and the political system of the middle ages. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you prepare for these types of questions on the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages- Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you with your review of feudalism, the arts, government and everyday life during the middle ages. Our videos will show you information you'll need to answer these types of questions on the MTEL History test:

  • Naming characteristics of the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne
  • Describing the feudal system
  • Identifying the technology used by an armed knight
  • Exploring the rise of universities
  • Analyzing the medieval warm period and its impact on agriculture
  • Examining the revitalization of towns and commerce
  • Explaining the origin of modern nation-states
  • Reviewing characteristics of Gothic art and architecture

These lessons, led by our expert instructors, give you a solid overview of this period of history in Europe. Self-assessment quizzes are available to review the material and the instructors can answer any questions that might arise. Understanding the concepts detailed in this chapter will help you when you finally take the actual test.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages Chapter

Anyone who wants certification to teach history in a Massachusetts public school must pass the MTEL History exam. This test is divided into four subareas, with questions on the middle ages found in the world history section, which makes up 25% of the total test.

All questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, similar to the self-assessment quizzes found at the end of each of our video lessons. These quizzes let you test your knowledge of the subject and gain practice answering questions of this type. If you need to go back and review a certain topic, video links make it easy to find the right spot without having to re-watch the entire lesson.

11 Lessons in Chapter 35: MTEL History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages
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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.

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 Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monasteries

4. 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.

The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

5. 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.

The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

6. 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.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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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