Horrible History Middle Ages

Horrible Middle Ages

$249.00

Take a guided tour through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by way of Headmaster Galahad and the acclaimed Horrible Histories series: a fun and accessible introduction to the dark, dangerous and weird place Europe becomes after the fall of the Roman Empire.  Our end goal? To instill an unbridled love of history and the desire to go forward and explore in-depth even more world events, Horrible and otherwise. In and outside the webinars, this class will focus on the stories of the people of Europe and the Middle East, while also beginning to introduce critical thinking skills and primary source analysis in supplement to the Horrible Histories.

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Take a guided tour through Europe and the Middle East by way of Headmaster Galahad and the acclaimed Horrible Histories series: a fun and accessible introduction to the dark, dangerous and weird place Europe becomes after the fall of the Roman Empire.  Our end goal? To instill an unbridled love of history and the desire to go forward and explore in-depth even more world events, Horrible and otherwise. In and outside the webinars, this class will focus on the stories of the people of Europe and the Middle East, while also beginning to introduce critical thinking skills and primary source analysis in supplement to the Horrible Histories.

This course covers:

  • The peoples of Europe in the “Dark Age” (Celts, Franks, Vikings, Saxons and more)
  • Islam and Christianity in Eurasia
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The Crusades
  • The Wars of Europe
  • The Fall of the Eastern Roman Empire
  • The Rebirth of Science

This is a semester-long, early middle school course. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.

Links to Required Books:

The best source for Horrible Books in the United States is Horrible Ray in CaliforniaSome books may also be available at your local library. Any edition is acceptable, so if you find an inexpensive used copy, feel free to purchase.  Reading assignments are posted by section, not page number.

Topics Covered

The "Middle Ages"
Life in Medieval Europe
Arthur: Myth v. History
Islamic Empire
Viking Troubles
Merovingians to Carolingians: The Franks
The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest
Memories of the First Crusade
The Magna Carta
Black Death
A Hundred Years (or so) of War and Joan D'arc
The Fall of Byzantium
Civil Wars with Roses
Martin Luther's Theses
Explorers and Scientists at the End of an Age

Challenge Level

Aimed at students ready for work appropriate to grades 6 and 7. This is a middle school history course open to students ages 8 and up who are prepared to critically think about challenging medieval history topics.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 3 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar, including the reading assignments.

Instructor

Headmaster Galahad

Reading List

Horrible Histories: Cut-Throat Celts
Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings
Horrible Histories: Measly Middle Ages
Horrible Histories: Smashing Saxons
Horrible Histories: Stormin Normans
Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors
Horrible Histories: Terrifying Tudors
Horribly Famous: Joan of Arc and her Marching Orders or Dead Famous: Joan of Arc

Usually Offered

Spring Semester

Prerequisites

None. Students must be able to read at the 5th grade level or above (Lexile 780+), and have sufficient typing skills to communicate effectively with classmates in complete sentences. Ability to compose a paragraph independently recommended but not required.

Available Sessions

Spring 2019 Tuesday 12pm Pacific, Spring 2019 Wednesday 10am Pacific, Spring 2018 Wednesday 12pm Pacific, Spring 2018 Wednesday 3pm Pacific, Spring 2018 Thursday 1pm Pacific