Readings in Medieval History (500-1400 AD)

High School and Adults

Instructor: Thomas Banks

 Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm EASTERN

August 2022 through May 2023

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Selections from:

A)Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy (Walsh Translation, Oxford World's Classics)

B)Early Christian Lives-Carolinne White translation (Penguin)

C)Einhard and Notker’s Two Lives of Charlemagne-David Ganz translation (Penguin)

D)Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People-Leo Sherley Price translation (Penguin)

E)Froissart’s Chronicles-Geoffrey Brereton translation (Penguin)

F)Norman Cantor’s The Civilization of the Middle Ages (Harper)


The collapse of the western Roman Empire marked the end of one world and the beginning of another. In this course students will be introduced to the formation of Christian Europe and its development over the course of nearly ten centuries. Students will be immersed in the kings, queens, soldiers, thinkers, monks, pilgrims and popes of the Medieval world, and will develop a fuller understanding of the periods achievements, failures, and the reasons for its eventual end. It is recommended that students enrolled in this class also consider enrolling in the Medieval and Renaissance Literature course, which is taught by Ms. Angelina Stanford. 

Assessments: At the end of each semester, students will be evaluated based on an essay in which they will describe the significance of the Medieval historical experience and its lasting influence on later stages of western history. They will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of the key men, women and events studied in this class and careful reading of the texts we have studied together. 


 Can’t make the live class? No problem! All of our classes are available as a self-paced option via recording. Self-paced tudents will have access to the class forum and files, and the recordings will stay up for the entire school year. Enjoy the classes on your own schedule. Please select the Self-paced option when registering.



  • $705 total. Due by June 1, 2022
  • $95 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. 
  • The Balance is due June 1, 2021.
  • Payment plans (3 installments--June, July , August) are available.
  • All balances must be paid before classes begin.
  • Please see our Withdrawal Policy here.

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