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Ch 13: Overview of the Late Middle Ages

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Use this convenient history chapter to study the historical events and people of the Late Middle Ages. The lessons offer a quick and efficient method for exam preparation, and the included quizzes can help you practice answering questions about this historical era.

Overview of the Late Middle Ages - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive history chapter provides a high-level overview of the Late Middle Ages. Inside the chapter, you'll find engaging lessons that highlight the most important historical figures and events of the time period, including the Hundred Years' War, Joan of Arc, the Black Death and the Western Schism. The chapter's lessons are designed to help you:

  • Assess the nature of Christian antisemitism in Medieval Europe
  • Explain the decline of the Pope's authority
  • Describe the Western Schism
  • Understand how literature grew throughout the Middle Ages
  • Summarize the Hundred Years' War between England and France
  • Assess the role of Joan of Arc and the use of the longbow during the Hundred Years' War
  • Analyze the effects of the Black Death and Little Ice Age
  • Identify peasant revolts in Europe that occurred throughout the 14th century

Our expert instructors design each lesson to be concise and straightforward, which helps you quickly review the information and remember key definitions, people, dates and events. We've included plenty of practice quizzes to help you reinforce the lesson material, and you can reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. The lessons can be studied as many times as needed, and our printable lesson transcripts can help supplement your studying experience. We've made the lessons available 24/7 and accessible on any device with an Internet-connection.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Overview of the Late Middle Ages
Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority

1. Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority

In the Middle Ages, the power of the papacy began to decline. A French pope chose to move his court to France. This lesson explores this event, its background, and its impact on Catholicism.

The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 Popes

2. The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 Popes

In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church ended up with three elected popes, creating a division in loyalty. This lesson explores how this incident occurred and how it was finally resolved.

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

3. 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.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

4. 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.

The Longbow in the Hundred Years' War

5. The Longbow in the Hundred Years' War

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France over English control of French territories. In two major battles, England won because of their longbowmen. This lesson explains why the longbows were important.

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

6. 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.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

7. 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.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

8. 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.

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