World History
High Middle Ages
Reading Guide #2 (348 to 360)

Towns & Kings
How did towns assist kings?

Jews in Christian Society
Why did the Christians fear the Jews?

Schools & Universities
What did the word “university” mean?  How did a university operate?

Why did the universities move from town to town?

What did a university teach?

Cathedral Schools
Who attended cathedral schools?  What did this type of school teach?

The Curriculum
If the “truth” was already known, why did people go to school?

How did students discover the “truth”?

If there were not many available books, how were students taught?

The Summa
What is a “summa”?

SOCIETY
What is the order of life?

Nobles
What defines a person as a noble?

What did the nobility celebrate in a person? What did they value?

Describe the ritual of becoming a knight.

What are tournaments?  Their purpose?  Why were they restricted?

What kind of poetry did a nobleman write?

What caused the decline of the nobility?

Clergy
What are the two type of clergy?  What does each represent?

What amount of the population was “clergy” in the 14th century?

How did the church and its clergy receive or create money?

Why were the clergy and their land/buildings given special treatment under the law?

Peasants
How did a peasant make a living?

What is a “banality”?

How is serfdom different from slavery?

What are the two basic changes that occur in the evolution of the manor?

Medieval Women
What are the two options for a woman in this era?

What evidence is provided to show how women are treated better than we may assume?

Why was the nunnery an option for women from higher social classes?

What sort of occupations would a woman have?  Which occupations could she not have?

Medieval Children
Unitl recently historians felt children of this era were treated as little adults without much respect of love.  How does this text show that to be untrue?

What is infanticide?

When does infancy begin & end?  What occurs at age 7?


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