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  • 1. Middle Ages
  • 2. The Middle Ages What is it……… The period in European history between the downfall of Rome and the Renaissance.** Divisions of…. Early Middle Ages High Middle Ages Late Middle Ages
  • 3. The Middle Ages The Fall of Rome External Threats – Northern Germanic Tribes • Invaded Roman Empire in 5th century** – Mongols Internal Threats – Growth and expansion ended – The “Bad” emperors – Social Divide Results from the fall of Rome Loss of Centralized Authority Power Void Dominance of Germanic culture or blending of Loss of “institutions” Decline of Learning Ultimately a new form of government focused upon 1 factor (security)
  • 4. Who fills void of Roman Empire Kings Rise to power In 496 Clovis will rise to King** 511 Clovis unites the Franks into one kingdom The “Church” Provide for the loss of many “institutions” Education Writing History Some Security
  • 5. Organization of the Church Monasteries Essentially religious communities** Monasteries enable the “Church” to adapt to the rural population shift of Middle Ages Allowed the “church” to reach the people Men devoted to religious life were monks; women were nuns** Branch office Monks In 520 popular monk named Benedict appears Benedict writes a set of very strict laws for his monasteries – Manual labor and prayer 731 Venerable Bede writes history of England
  • 6. “Church” organization Organization Parishes: local Christian communities Bishop: head of a parish Diocese: area of authority of a bishop Popes: eventual leaders of Roman Catholic Church Early Popes Gregory I – Becomes Pope in 590** – Also served as leader of the city of Rome (later called the Papal States) – Increased power of Pope – Worked to convert Germanic Europe to Christianity – G. Chant
  • 7. The Franks The Kings of Franks Charles Martel – Defeats muslims at Battle of Tours 732 Pepin – Mayor of the Palace (eventually took the throne) – Died 768 Charlemagne – Charles the Great (son of Pepin) Charlemagne 768-814 Created the Carolingian Empire – Not until Napoleon 800 coronation; Emperor of the Romans – Symbolized unification of Roman, Germanic, & Christian Elements Death in 814 will start the decline of Carolingian Empire
  • 8. Invaders of Europe (800-1000) Muslims – Southern coast Magyars – Settled plains of Hungary Vikings – Northmen (Norsemen) – Destroyed towns and churches – Given land named Normandy
  • 9. Rise of Feudalism Feudalism: new political and social system Vassal: served lord in military capacity Fief: grant of land made to a vassal Feudal Contract: determined relationship between lord and vassal Kings Lords Knights Serfs
  • 10. Rise of European Kingdoms England Angles & Saxons Oct. 14, 1066 – Battle of Hastings – William of Normandy; crowned King of England Henry II (1154-1189) – Thomas Becket King John – 1215 Magna Carta (beginning of limited power) France Capetian Kings – Little more than Paris Philip II Augustus – 1180-1223 – Growth of French Monarchy Philip IV (Philip the Fair) – 1285-1314 – By 1300 France the largest & best governed monarchy in Europe
  • 11. Rise of European Kingdoms Holy Roman Empire Otto I – 962 crowned emperor of the Romans Frederick I – “Italy the center of a holy empire” Frederick II – Goal: Strong centralized government in Italy
  • 12. Time periods of the Middle Ages Early – 500-900 – True “Dark” Ages – Fall of institutions High – 1000-1200 Late – 1300-1500
  • 13. High Middle Ages Primary Themes – Peak of feudal institutions – Peak of “Church” influence – Revival of Trade, Cities, Learning
  • 14. Peak of “Church” Influence Age of Faith – Increase of intolerance The Crusades – Urban II encourages military campaigns to regain the Holy Land from the Muslims – Urban’s challenge well received (religious zeal, class of warriors, economics) False Crusade – 1096 the Peasant Crusaders – Peter the Hermit – Walter the Penniless Early Crusades – First 1097 – Second 1147 – Third 1189 – Fourth 1202
  • 15. Economic Impact of Crusades
  • 16. High Middle Ages Rise of Universities – First Universities – Bolgna (1158); then Paris, Oxford – After university could go on to law, medicine or theology – Scholasticism: philosophical and theological system which tried to reconcile faith and reason; harmonize Christian teachings with the works of Greek philosophers
  • 17. Late Middle Ages Decline of Feudal institutions – Hundred Years’ War – New Monarchies – Rise of money economy & commercial capitalism in High Middle Ages Decline of “Church” influence – Great Schism 1378-1417 Disease – Black Death – 1347-1353 – European population of 75 million; possibly 38 million die
  • 18. For the Test Pages 283-308; 320-322; 329-340

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