(Duiker 314-323; Brians 237-241)
Questions about Duiker: How did a deacon prove that the Arians were wrong in their beliefs, according to the account of Gregory of Tours? *What was the ideal of the early Christian monks? What sort of ideal did Benedict’s rule create for monks? *What were the most important achievements of Charlemagne? *What did a vassal gain from his lord, and a lord from his vassal?
Question about “The Will of Wulfgyth:” *In what ways does this will illustrate the power of women in Anglo-Saxon society?
Question about The Song of Roland: Why does Roland try to destroy his sword? *With what gesture does he symbolize his feudal obedience to God?
The Fall of Rome & the Rise of
The Dark Ages: definition and causes
Monastic system: major influences
Major accomplishments, influence on the arts
The Norman Invasion
Significance for English history
Basic structure and themes
Cult of the Saints
Emphasis on the miraculous
Influence on art
The Romanesque Style
- Tour of Ireland (photos by Paul Brians, including several early Medieval sites)
- Regia Anglorum
- BBC English History Timeline
- Charlemagne links
- The Norman Invasion
- Feudal Life
- Photos of Romanesque Architecture