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Society & Culture in The Middle Ages - Chapter Summary
This informative chapter explains what culture and society were like for people living in the Middle Ages. You'll learn what life was like on a daily basis for peasants in England and how they revolted across Europe during the 14th century. Other lessons cover Old English, Middle English and Medieval literature. Once you complete this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
- Explain the part played by the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe
- Give examples of some famous works of Medieval art and architecture
- Name some of the important castles from the Middle Ages
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1. The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe
More than any other force, the medieval Church held Europe together. This lesson details some of the ways that the Church was able to not only maintain control but also to expand its finances and its artistic endeavors.
2. The Daily Life of English Peasants
Peasants of the Middle Age faced a very harsh life. This lesson explores the typical lifestyle for an English peasant in the 11th through 13th centuries, including the daily tasks they performed.
3. 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.
4. Early Medieval Art & Architecture: Characteristics, Techniques & Famous Works
In this lesson, we will study some of the major forms, techniques, and characteristics of early medieval art and architecture. We will also meet some of the most famous works of art from this period.
5. History of Castles in the Middle Ages
Medieval castles were fortified residences used to secure the local area. Over time, castles grew increasingly complex, providing protection to the lord and those who fought with him. Learn more about them this lesson.
6. 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.
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Other chapters within the ISEB Common Entrance Exam at 13+ History: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Norman England
- The Middle Ages in England
- Hundred Years War & War of the Roses
- The Tudor Period in England
- Civil War & Revolution in England
- The Georgian Period in England
- British Empire & Imperialism
- British Industrialization & Reform
- Historical Inquiry & Essay Construction
- ISEB Common Entrance Exam at 13+ History Flashcards