is my photo from up on the rooftop of the cathedral in Reims,
France--Yes, the French let you climb on up to the roof to look around,
both under the roof on the inside and on the outside. What an
experience! Anyway, this cathedral, which dates to the thirteenth
century, was the coronation place for the French kings. The site
was considered sacred because legend has it that it was here that
Clovis, King of the Franks, was baptized by the bishop of Reims in 496
ce. That symbolized the Christianization of the Franks. During
World War I, the Germans thought that the cathedral towers were being
used as French observation points, and so the Germans shelled the cathedral,
destroying much of the facade's unbelievable sculptural work and portions of the upper
structure. Restoration work on the cathedral is an ongoing
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Read Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (only those tales in the Dover Thrift paperback
Prologue, Knight's Tale, Miller's Prologue, Miller's Tale, Wife
of Bath's Prologue and the Tale of the Wife of Bath.), if you are going to submit the optional Chaucer paper.
- Submit the
Optional Chaucer paper. If you don't understand why I call this an optional paper, take a look at the Explanation of Assignments and Grading
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, read
Cantar 1 of the Cid poem (Rose
and Bacon translation--The
translation from 1637 is also available--and write a one-page paper in
which you comment on Christian-Muslim relations in the Cid poem.
- For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, read Dante's
Inferno and comment upon his use of allegory and the medieval conception of
the universe. Please be sure to cite any sources that you use.
- For a maximum of 50 points (maybe more), watch the movie
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Considering that the movie is a satirical comedy,
write a one-, or two-page paper (What aspects of life in the Middle Ages were well
portrayed in the film?).
a one-page paper, summarize the causes and outcomes of the Hundred
Years' War for a maximum of 50 points extra credit. Please be
sure to cite any sources that you use.
- If you are really daring, read the full text of the Transcript of the Trial of Joan of Arc, and write a short paper in which you assess what was really going on at the trial for a maximum of 50 points extra credit.
- For a maximum of 10 points extra credit, answer the Chaucer
- 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.