For on-line information on a great variety of medieval themes, see
Medieval Source Book.
You might also find helpful the Middle
Ages section of CivWeb.
GENERALIZATION: Western European society during the Middle Ages did and
excellent job providing physical security, ethical guidance, and emotional
fulfillment to its members. Comment.
I. Western Europe in Early Middle Ages (476--1000
A. Barbarian invasions and affects
B. Impact of Church
C. Dream of restored Rome
II. The High Middle Ages (1000-1300 A.D.)
A. Physical security
1. End of Barbarian invasion, Europe Agressor: Crusades
2. Restoration of centralized authority in Holy Roman
Empire, England, and France
3. Agricultural/technological improvement
III. Ethical Guidance and Emotional Fulfillment
1. Song of Roland
A translation of The
Song of Roland.
A nicely done e-version of Chretien De Troyes' Lancelot.
A few examples
of Gothic art.
C. Intellectual Life
Anselm (Ontological proof for the existence of God)
Abelard (Sic et Non--Yes and No)
c. Peter Lombard (Sentences)
Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles)
D. Spiritual Life
2. Stricter Orders: Carthusians, Cistercians
(You can send a friend a St.
Francis e-card and get more information on Francis here.)
4. Sacramental system