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Medieval and Renaissance History

Offered 2019-2020!

Through this two-semester, one-credit course for high school, students will learn about the significance of medieval and renaissance culture. After a study of the histories, governments, wars, arts, and customs of medieval and renaissance Christendom, the course will examine how these eras have shaped the United States.

Assessment.  Students take two exams each semester. Participation – requiring careful reading of the assigned material – is graded. Short writing assignments are also given. At the conclusion of each semester, students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on a topic of their choice from the course and responding to questions.

You can pair this course with Writing: Medieval and Renaissance Literature!

REQUIRED TEXTS – Any edition/translation may be used, but hard copies are required.

  • Geoffrey of Monmouth — History of the Kings of Britain (Recommended: Thorpe translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140441703)
  • Bede — Ecclesiastical History (Recommended: Sherley-Price translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140445657)
  • Einhard — Life of Charlemagne (Recommended: Ganz translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140455052)
  • Asser — Life of Alfred the Great (Recommended: Keynes translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140444094)
  • Joinville and Villehardouin — Chronicles of the Crusades (Recommended: Smith translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140449983)
  • Thomas Aquinas — On Law, Morality, and Politics (Recommended: Regan, 2nd ed./Hackett, ISBN: 9780872206632)
  • Froissart — Chronicles (Recommended: Brereton translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140442007)
  • Vasari — Lives of the Artists (Recommended: de Vere translation/Modern Library, ISBN: 9780375760365)
  • Machiavelli — The Prince (Recommended: Grafton translation/Penguin, ISBN:9780140449150)

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