Unit 10: Early Middle Ages
Magna Carta--this is one of the original copies made in 1215--was a lot of
small writing on a big piece of parchment, yet it proved to be a
crucial political document in the evolution of England's political
system. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
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Extra Credit Options
- Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 9. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
- For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, in a short
paper (one-page maximum) explain how much it cost to build a medieval
cathedral and what were some of the usual ways that the church raised money to pay for
construction. Remember to cite sources.
- For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, clearly explain the
genealogical basis of William's claim to the English throne in a one-page paper.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read
Pope Urban's speech
at Clermont (There are several versions.) that started the Crusades. Explain in a
paragraph or so what you found most amazing about the Pope's remarks.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit. The capture of Jerusalem by the
crusaders on 15 July 1099. Good day or bad day for the Pope? Explain in a long paragraph and remember
to cite sources. In addition to the material above noted in online lectures, check Fulcher of Chartres, The
Capture of Jerusalem.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Usmah Ibn Munqidh (1095-1188):, excerpts from his Autobiography
(c.1175 ce) and write a long paragraph in which you comment upon the
nature of Christian-Muslim interaction in the Near East during the
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send the title of the site, the url and a
brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to
the material being studied this unit.
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