In this collection, you will be introduced to the Middle Ages. You probably remember some things about the time period from other courses. This will serve as a small review. You will also be introduced to some new material.
The Middle Ages lasted from 1066 to 1485. For our unit on the Middle Ages, you will become familiar with the works of major writers of the time period. You will also learn about major literary forms, such as the ballad and the romance, used by writers of the time. The centerpiece of our unit will be an excerpt from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
To begin, I would like you to do the same thing for this lesson that you did for our first lesson on the Anglo Saxons. Read the introduction to Collection Two in your Elements of Literature text book pages 89-105. In addition, explore all parts of this website:
The Middle Ages
In the free response box, respond to these questions:
What effects did the Norman invasion have on the way the English were governed?
What were the main features of feudalism? How did feudalism change the social structure of Anglo-Saxon England?
What developments in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries began to undermine the feudal system?
Also, write one fact that you learned from each of the website's categories. So, you should have a fact for feudal life, religion, homes, clothing, health, arts and entertainment, and town life.
Please use complete sentences, and check your work for coherence, spelling, and grammar.