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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How did Charlemagne unite Europe and build his Holy Roman Empire?
- What does the term feudalism mean?
- How and where the Monastic Movement develop?
- What was the relationship between feudal ties and stability?
- How and why did the Byzantine Empire decline?
- What were some key points in Viking history?
- How did armored knight technology impact warfare during the Middle Ages?
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire
This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.
6. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics
This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.
7. Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson covers Carolingian architecture. We first look at Charlemagne's place in a long tradition of imperial builders. We then look at features that distinguish Carolingian churches from early Christian churches: piers, transepts, choirs and westworks. Finally, we explore the blueprint of a Carolingian monastery.
8. 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.
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.
10. What is Medieval Feudalism? - Definition, Structure & History
In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical background, basic structure, and general nature of feudalism as practiced in Medieval Europe between the 9th and 15th centuries.
11. What Is Manorialism? - Definition & System
In the medieval world, everything revolved around owning land. In this lesson, we'll talk about the economic system of manorialism and see what this meant for medieval life.
12. Manorialism vs. Feudalism
The concepts of manorialism and feudalism heavily influenced medieval culture. One governed relationships among the nobles, while the other managed the economy of the manors that resulted from an exchange of land for military service.
13. Life on a Medieval Manor
Medieval life was not all castles, nobles, and knights. For the common person, life was dominated by the manor. Learn how life was lived by the vast majority of people in the Middle Ages.
14. History of Fashion in the Middle Ages
In this lesson we will learn about fashion during the Middle Ages. We will identify what types of clothing were popular, and we will understand the role of fashion in the context of the period.
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- The Renaissance: Help and Review
- The Age of Exploration: Help and Review
- The Reformation: Help and Review
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