High Middle Ages—Study Aids

Saints and Heroes Unit #5 — High Middle Ages
begins with the Gregorian Reforms of the 11th century and covers the struggle between Papacy and Empire, Mendicant orders, the Albigensian heresy, and Holy Women of the Middle Ages.
[1000 to 1350 A.D.]

Information Pages

These pages summarize much of the material needed to study for the High Middle Ages review questions. Most are derived from Leading Events in Church History, saint dictionaries, and other public domain sources.

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Papacy vs Empire: Centuries of Conflict
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Investiture Controversy and Gregorian Reforms
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Medieval Heresies and the Inquisition
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Mendicant Orders: Franciscans, Dominicans, etc.
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Holy Women of the Middle Ages
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Printable Homework Questions

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Recommended Reading

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 High Middle Ages are given below.

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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 High Middle Ages unit, covers 1050-1300 A.D., and corresponds to 'Section II, Period Two' of Laux's book, 'From Hildebrand to Scholaticism and Mysticism' .

Reading Assignment: Section II, Period II, chapters 1, 3-6, pp 297-310, 334-382
(1) Age of Hildebrand, pp 297-310, (3) War Between Popes and Hohenstaufens, pp 334-349, (4) Medieval Heresies, pp 350-359, (5) Rise of Mendicant Orders, pp 360-371, (6) Scholasticism and Mysticism, pp 372-381.

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. Chapters relating to the period 1000-1350 A.D., including the East-West Schism, Cluniac and Gregorian Reforms, the Investiture Controversy, Conflict between Empire and Papacy, Mendicant Orders, Cathar Heresy, and Innocent III are as follows:

Reading Assignment: Chapters 9,12-14 pp 133-142,176-221
(9) The Great Schism, (12) Church Cleansed by Fountains of Holiness, (14) Age of Innocent III.

These Catholic histories and biographies are in the public domain and are available in electronic form.

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Church History—Vol III : Late Middle Ages by Sisters of Notre Dame
Third of a five volume history of the Church, this book covers the late Middle Ages, including the Crusades, the mendicant orders, heresies of the Middle Ages, the rise of the Turks, the schism of the West, the fall of Constantinople, and the discovery of America.


Saints and Heroes: Vol I   by George Hodges
An excellent introduction to the history of the church through portraits of twenty of the most important saints and heroes of the faith from the third century A.D. to the time of the Reformation. Chapters of special interest for the High Middle Ages Time period include Hildebrand, Anselm, Bernard, Becket, Langton, Dominic, and Francis.