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Early Middle Ages

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World History Fall 2008

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Early Middle Ages

  1. 1. <ul><li>Answer both of these questions for yourself. Be honest. </li></ul><ul><li>I am most successful in history when…. </li></ul><ul><li>I am least successful in history when…. </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Shamus will be our story teller for the afternoon. </li></ul><ul><li>As a direct descendent of Charlemagne and a dedicated historian he’s an expert in this field. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>When the Romans fell apart there were lots of other people around </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goths, Vandals, Saxons and FRANKS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Franks became the leaders </li></ul><ul><li>A man named Clovis was the first true leader of the Franks. In 481 he became king at the age of 15!! </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>That old bugger was famous for two things: </li></ul><ul><li>1)Controlling all of Gaul (modern France) and the Frankish tribes </li></ul><ul><li>2)Converting to Roman Catholicism (the religion of the Gauls) </li></ul><ul><li>How did this help him in the long run? </li></ul>
  5. 9. <ul><li>Things are good until the giant Muslim empire shows up in Spain. </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think happened? </li></ul>
  6. 10. <ul><li>At the Battle of Tours the Christians defeat the Muslims. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a sign to the Christians that God favors them more. </li></ul><ul><li>The hero is a guy named Charles Martel. </li></ul>
  7. 12. <ul><li>Charles’ grandson was a lad named Charles. </li></ul><ul><li>Because he was such a great leader they called him Charles the Great or Charlemagne </li></ul><ul><li>He became king in 768. </li></ul>
  8. 14. <ul><li>This laddie ruled for 46 years! </li></ul><ul><li>He was a German, yet the pope crowned him King of the Romans. </li></ul><ul><li>Spread Christianity by converting people. </li></ul><ul><li>Revived education; created a palace school at Aachen. </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled all of France, Germany and most of Italy!!! </li></ul>
  9. 16. <ul><li>When Charles dies his son, Louis I, takes over. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately for Louis lots of people began to invade the area. </li></ul><ul><li>Who might these invaders be? Where might they come from? </li></ul>
  10. 17. <ul><li>In about 900 the Magyars (from Hungary) attacked. After ~50yrs they left. </li></ul><ul><li>Viking raiders came from the North. They were farmers, but expert sailors. </li></ul>
  11. 19. <ul><li>First THINK!!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On a ½ sheet of paper brainstorm and write about this question for 5 minutes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can we consider the Holy Roman Empire (the lands that Charlemagne controlled) to be an actual empire? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 20. <ul><li>Find one person you don’t normally talk to and discuss your answer with your partner for 5 minutes. Change your answer if you want. </li></ul>
  13. 21. <ul><li>Share with the class!! </li></ul>
  14. 22. <ul><li>Why is feudalism good for some people, yet bad for others? </li></ul><ul><li>How important is religion to the average American? </li></ul>

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