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Medieval People, Part One

From St. Augustine to Charlemagne, and many in between, explore the medieval history of Western civilization through the stories of many famous men and women of the time.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. High School students welcome – adjustments can be made to assignments to accommodate older students. 

Suggested credit: Suggested credit: One full semester Medieval History 

Special Note: Includes an optional writing component. This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two offered in the spring.


This course is Part One of a two-part study, tracing the history of Western Civilization during medieval times, roughly the years 400-800 AD (Part Two will study 800-1300 AD). Special attention is given to the lives and stories of influential men and women of the time.


Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Week 2: St. Augustine, and the Sack of Rome

Week 3: St. Cyril, and Nestorianism

Week 4: Leo I, and the Fall of Rome

Week 5: St. Patrick, and preserving civilization

Week 6: Clovis, and the rise of the Franks

Week 7: St. Benedict, and Monasticism

Week 8: Justinian, and the Monophysites

Week 9: Gregory I, and the Greatness of the Church

Week 10: Muhammed, and the rise of Islam

Week 11: Constantine VI, and the siege of Constantinople

Week 12: St. Willibrord. and Church missions

Week 13: Charles Martel, and the defense of Christendom

Week 14: Charlemagne, and the Holy Roman Empire

Materials and Homework

Materials:  Provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (1-2 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter.

NOTE: High School students taking this course may instead write a 3-5 page book review
Also, students will have weekly, optional, short (5-10 minute) quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions.

Important Dates

Class dates: Wednesdays, September 4 to December 11, 2024. (No class Nov. 27)

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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