HIS 101
Unit 10:  Early Middle Ages
Magna Carta

The 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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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit Some videos that you can watch for this unit 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 Crusades.
  • 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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