Early Middle Ages—Study Aids
These pages summarize much of the material needed to study for the Early Middle Ages review questions. Most are derived from Leading Events in Church History, saint dictionaries, and other public domain sources.
|Overview — Rise of Christian Kingdoms||
|Frankish Empire (500-850 A.D.)||
|Rise of France and Germany (850-1100 A.D.)||
|Other Kingdoms of Europe||
|Vikings, Normans, Magyars||
|Regional Saints and Missionaries||
Printable Homework Questions
The following histories from Seton and TAN books are popular with Catholic students but other Church histories cover most essentials topics. Reading assignments that correspond to the Early Middle Ages are given below.
Church History by Fr. John Laux (TAN books)
This church history is written for a college prep high school audience and assumes a basic knowledge of European history. Starting at the dawn of the Roman Empire and proceeding in to the 20th century, Fr. Laux presents the story of the Church is a masterful and readable manner appealing to older students as well as adults. The period of interest for the Christian Kingoms unit, covers 600-1100 A.D., and corresponds to 'Section II, Period I. from the Pontificate of Gregory the Great, beginning in 590 A.D. to the Great Schism of 1054.
Reading Assignment: Section II, Period I, pp 190-297
(1) Pontificate of Gregory the Great, pp 190-199, (2) Irish Missionaries in Britain and Continent, pp 200-216, (3) Anglo-Saxon missionaries in Germany, pp 217-230, (4) Mohammedanism and the Church, pp 231-238, (5) Papacy, Franks and Charlemagne, pp 239-260, (7) Decline of Carolingian Empire, pp 261-274, (8) New Nations Won for the Church, pp 275-289.
Witness to the Faith by Seton Press
This introductory church history is written at an eighth grade level so it is accessible and covers most of the main topics of Christian history. The complete book covers the founding of the Church through the developments of the late twentieth century. Chapters relating to the period 600-1100 A.D., including the rise and fall of Charlemagne's Empire, and the rise of Christian kingdoms in Britain, the Iberian Peninsula, and Eastern Europe are as follows:
Reading Assignment: Chapters 7-8,10, pp 105-132,143-157
(7) Church Converts Europe, (8) Infidels Without and Heretics Within, (10) Gospel North and East.
The saint biographies and Catholic histories listed below are in the public domain.
CLICK ON COVER IMAGE to download an EPUB to your tablet or smart phone.
CLICK ON TITLE to read online (internet required).
A very good video on the Viking age, is listed below, although I cannot find much information about where it originated.
- Rollo and the Viking age (17 minutes)
Another source of Historical Videos for the Early Middle Ages period is Ryan Reeve's Historical Theology for Everyone Youtube channel. The two videos of greatest interest for the period 500-1000 A.D. are as follows: