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:
- 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
The best source for Horrible Books in the United States is Horrible Ray in California. Some 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.