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The European Renaissance & Protestant Reformation - Chapter Summary
While going through these lessons, you can deepen your understanding of the European Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. Some of the topics covered include Renaissance art, the German Peasant Revolt, and how the Reformation affected France. This self-paced chapter can also help you understand the contributions of writers like John Milton and Shakespeare. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:
- Recall when the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and Elizabethan era occurred
- Discuss important figures who contributed to the Renaissance
- Recognize characteristics of the Renaissance period and writers of that time
- Explain how humanism affected Renaissance art
- Discuss the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther
- Recount how the Reformation affected Germany in the 16th century
- Explain why Christians split from the Catholic Church
- Distinguish between the beliefs of Protestants and Catholic reformers
These lessons can help you quickly explore details pertaining to the European Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. Depending on your needs, you can study all the lessons for comprehensive learning or just focus on specific topics. Each lesson includes a short quiz that allows you to test your knowledge.
1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview
In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.
2. Important Figures of the Renaissance
In this lesson, we'll learn about some of the important figures of the Renaissance. We'll highlight their significant contributions and achievements, and we'll place them in the context of the Renaissance period.
3. Renaissance Literature: Characteristics & Writers
Renaissance literature was born as the world emerged from the Middle Ages. It was the time of John Milton and Shakespeare. In this lesson, we will learn about the characteristics of the Renaissance period and the writers it produced.
4. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture
In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.
5. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation
This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.
6. The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars
The Reformation was a time when Christianity was split into Catholicism and Protestantism. This lesson explores the major changes brought about by the Reformation in Germany in the 16th century.
7. The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots
The Protestant Reformation was so popular and controversial in Europe that it sometimes led to war. This lesson explores the violent effect of the Reformation in France as war erupted between the Catholics and the Protestants.
8. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society
The Protestant Reformation was a huge movement that led to many Christians splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the after effects on families, education and social life.
9. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation
The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the beliefs of the Catholic Church. This lesson explores some of the differing beliefs among Protestant and Catholic reformers.
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