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Medieval European History & Literature Syllabus (133 Pages)...$30.00

We use History of the English Speaking People by Winston Churchill and The History of Medieval Spain by J. O’Callaghan as the primary texts in this course. In addition the student reads works of literature and primary historical sources that are correlated to the time period being studied in history such as Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton, Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot, The Cid by Corneille, Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall, The Life of Sir Thomas More by William Roper, The Characters of the Inquisition by William Thomas Walsh, and The Blood Red Cresent. We also provide the student with a variety of supplemental historical fiction that can be used to complement the study of history through literature. We also include essay and paper topics to give the student practice with writing in variety of styles. The Medieval European History & Literature Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics, discussion questions, answers to the questions, detailed literature, art, and music lists, and a variety of teaching resources including Eleventh Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. The syllabus also contains several appendices with additional readings for the student. This is a 1 year, 2 credit course.

Current Edition: © 2012.

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Book List

Social Studies
  • Essential 3
    • A History of Medieval Spain
      O'Callaghan, Joseph
      Cornell University Press — 736 Pages
      ISBN: 0801492645
    • Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples
      Churchill, Winston, ed. Lee
      Barnes & Noble
      ISBN: 1566198135
    • The Cleaving of Christendom
      Carroll, Warren
      Christendom Press — 807 Pages
      ISBN: 0931888751
  • Supplemental - Required 14
    • A Man for All Seasons (Movie)
      Zinnemann, Fred
      Columbia Pictures
    • Beowulf
      Edited R.K. Gordon
      Dover Publications
      ISBN: 0486272648
    • Characters of the Inquisition
      Walsh, William Thomas
      Lulu Books — 292 Pages
    • El Cid (Movie)
      Heston, Charlton & Loren, Sophia
      Miriam Collection
    • Le Cid and The Liar
      Corneille, Pierre
      Mariner Books - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — 259 Pages
    • Memoirs on Pauperism
      de Tocquevile, Alexis
      Ivan R. Dee — 81 Pages
      ISBN: 1566631688
    • Murder in the Cathedral
      Eliot, T.S.
      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — 88 Pages
      ISBN: 0156632772
    • Richard the Third
      Kendall, Paul Murray
      W.W. Norton & Company
      ISBN: 0393007855
    • The Ballad of the White Horse
      Chesterton, G.K.
      Ignatius Press — 231 Pages
      ISBN: 0898708907
    • The Blood Red Crescent
      Garnett, Henry
      Sophia Institute Press — 176 Pages
      ISBN: 1933184337
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • The Life of Sir Thomas More
      Roper, William
      Templegate Publishing — 125 Pages
      ISBN: 0872431185
    • The Song of Roland
      Translated by Dorothy Sayers
      Penguin Books — 206 Pages
    • Selections included in syllabus
    • Poetics
      Dover Publications — 64 Pages
      ISBN: 048629577X
  • Supplemental - Optional 1
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 4
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 33


Week 1

Day Assignment

Begin today by reading Supplement A and Supplement B. They can be found at the back of this syllabus. Then read pp. 1-23 (Chs. 1-2) in Lee edition [pages 1-15 (Chs. 1-4) in Commager edition] in Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples.

Question for consideration and discussion:

Did Seutonius make the right decision in not protecting the Londoners? (p. 7 [p. 6])


Begin by downloading outline maps of England, France, and Spain. Outline maps are available from the following web-sites:

Then review the map of Roman Britain on the website below. Notice the ancient names for Scotland and Ireland. Print an outline map of England and draw in Hadrian’s Wall, and the cities of Londinium, Aquae Sulis, Durovernum, Eburacum, and Lindum.   Maps pertaining to historical England can be found at the following web-site: (Please note that parents should preview all web-site links. We have no control over information that will be linked to these sites or updated on them.

Read Lines 1-835 of Beowulf (Prologue through Chapter 13 in the Dover edition).


Read Lines 836-1650 of Beowulf (Chapter 14 through Chapter 24 in the Dover edition). Review your maps of Roman Britain.


Read Lines 1651-2509 of Beowulf (Chapter 25 through Chapter 34 in the Dover edition).