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EARLY MIDDLE AGES UNIT STUDY
Looking for a great unit study or supplement for your history curriculum on Medieval Europe for students ages 10 and up? This issue of Learning Through History is the perfect resource! (Also a great resource for parents teaching younger children!)
64 pages of material including:
• Timeline of the Early Middle
• 15 complete articles with discussion questions
• Recipes from the Middle Ages
• 2 arts & crafts projects
• 2 complete historical literature study guides
• Book and video lists for each article
• Dozens of activity suggestions
• Web links for each article
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Timeline of Early Middle Ages events from 500 to 1000.
A DAY IN THE LIFE DURING ...
THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
by Jacquelin Cangro
Meet Harold, the squire of Lord Roundtree, and spend a day with him helping prepare his lord for a joust.
WHAT TRIBE ARE YOU?
by Abigail Mieko Vargus
Ever heard of the “barbarian hordes”? The early Middle Ages were full of them – although no one called himself a barbarian. Barbarian or otherwise, there were many tribes and many battles for control. If you were alive during the so-called Dark
Ages, what tribe would you belong to? Take our quiz and find out!
HOW THE IRISH CHANGED CHRISTIANITY
by Ilene Goldman
According to legend, a man named Patrick converted the whole of Ireland to Christianity all by himself. While this is a great tale, the true story of Patrick is not as grand. The real Patrick did spread Christianity in Ireland during the mid-fifth century, but the diocese he created did not last more than fifty years. Eventually, the native Irish became Christian on their own. In doing so, the Irish added their own unique character to the religion – find out how.
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS
by Mac Carey
Bound in gold, wrapped in velvet and scattered with jewels, the Lindisfarne Gospels were far more than a book to the monks who created them. Resting in their place in a secluded, lonely monastery on Lindisfarne Island off the northern coast of England, the Gospels didn’t just hold the words of the Bible. Learn more about the how the elaborate drawings, colored in with handmade dyes and even gold, as well as pages of text painstakingly copied by hand, displayed the artwork of Western Europe as it shifted its influence from the Roman Empire to Celtic and Anglo-Saxon art.
GREGORIAN CHANT: MUSIC WITH A LASTING LEGACY
by Dorian Speed
For the people of the Early Middle Ages, music was just as vital a part of everyday life as it is today – perhaps even more, since they had to perform it themselves instead of just hitting the “play” button. Read how one of the most influential forms of Western music was developed during this time, and in a place you might not expect – the monasteries and parish churches throughout Europe.
VENERABLE BEDE: HE TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS
by Nancy Broe
If you had to write a report on one of the most influential leaders in your nation’s history, how would you begin? With a list of her successes? A tribute to his talents? A story of her heroism? Chances are, you would not begin as Bede did! To describe the arrival of Augustine of Canterbury in 582 A.D. – a key event heralding the end of England’s “Dark Ages” – Bede tells an embarrassing story of Augustine’s cowardice. Learn more about no-holds-barred “father of English history.”
ALFRED: THE FIRST KING OF THE ENGLISH
by Oliver Bewers
In the late ninth century, the small kingdoms of Europe were in grave danger of being overrun by the Vikings, the fearsome warriors from Scandinavia. Longboat fleets ransacked coastal towns and monasteries in search of loot, land, and glory. At this time of struggle, Alfred, king of Wessex, fought against the odds and managed to halt the Viking advance. Doing so brought about changes that laid the foundation for the future English nation – find out how.
HOLY WAR IN THE DARK AGES
by Deborah Bryson
In the seventh and eighth centuries, bands of warriors converged in Europe. Barbarians clad in furs and armed with spears and swords marched through dense forests, laying claim to land later known as Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Skilled horsemen galloped across North Africa and boarded ships to cross the Mediterranean and seize Spain. At stake was an empire once ruled by Roman legions. Warriors on both sides claimed God as their ally. Little was written about their battlefield clashes – explore why their choices and conflicts still affect the course of modern history.
THE BATTLE OF TOURS
by Samantha Bell
To some, the battle between Charles Martel and the Arab Muslims represents a struggle between East and West, Christianity and Islam. To others, it represents another Arab raid against the inhabitants of Gaul, not an attempt to take over Europe. Either way, historians can agree that the outcome of the Battle of Tours influenced the course of history. Never heard of it? We’ll take you directly to the battlefield …
KINGS, NOBLES, KNIGHTS, AND SERFS
by Janet Brett
Explore the life and economic system of Early Medieval Europe, with a look at the feudal system and manor life.
INTERVIEW WITH A MODERN DAY CHAIN MAIL ARTISAN
by Maia Crowell
Chain mail was the most popular form of armor worn by medieval knights. Hear a modern day chain mail artisan talk about how and why he creates chain mail today
THE VIKINGS IN FRANCE
by Georgiann Baldino
For more than two hundred years during the Middle Ages, Vikings attacked the countries of Europe. The Vikings became a terror to their neighbors. Tales of violence preceded them, and people thought they were unbeatable. The Vikings had many strong leaders – read about one of the most famous, Rollo, and his impact on the country of France.
OTTO I AND THE BATTLE OF LECHFELD
by Mac Carey
Read about the Battle of Lechfeld - a conflict that permanently changed the ethnic and political makeup of Europe, stopped the spread of the Magyars into central Europe and also increased the stability of the German kingdoms, leading the way for a unified German state led by Otto the Great.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON: REBUILDING DRAMA IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
by Christina Friend
While the period between 500 and 1000 AD is not known as a high point in Western theater, it was a time that gave life to a new dramatic form, capturing the highly religious and sober mood of the medieval people. Find out what type of theater provided spirituality, education, and maybe even a little enjoyment.
ARTS & CRAFTS
DARK AGE FARE
by Christine Gable
MAKE A MEDIEVAL POMANDER
by Araminta Matthews
LITERATURE STUDY GUIDES
THE LANTERN BEARERS (Middle School)
by Catherine Morin
FIVE LIVES OF ARTHUR (High School)
by Jim Cort
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