Ch 10: Understanding the Early Middle Ages

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The lessons of in this chapter on the Early Middle Ages are designed to allow you to become familiar with feudalism, life on the medieval manor, and more. Use the engaging text and video lessons to increase your understanding of this period in world history.

Understanding the Early Middle Ages - Chapter Summary

The chapter is designed to maximize your learning potential through brief video lessons about the Vikings and how stability was established through feudal ties and manors. While delving into the lessons, you can also find information on Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire. Completion of this chapter will allow you to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of feudalism
  • Discuss the history of the Vikings
  • Summarize life on a medieval manor
  • Explain how order was created from chaos during this time
  • Describe the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire

This chapter is broken down into short video lessons with accompanying self-assessment quizzes. Each lesson features an interactive timeline so you can quickly jump to key topics. The lessons also come with written transcripts that you can use to follow along or as a reference after you've watched the video. Be sure to use your Dashboard to check on your progress through the chapter and course.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Understanding the Early Middle Ages
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Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

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.

History of the Vikings

2. 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.

Life on a Medieval Manor

3. 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.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

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.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

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.

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