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Ch 3: Society & Culture in The Middle Ages

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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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The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe

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.

The Daily Life of English Peasants

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.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

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.

Early Medieval Art & Architecture: Characteristics, Techniques & Famous Works

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.

History of Castles in the Middle Ages

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.

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

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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