Medieval History

Offered 2022-2023!

  • Time: Thursdays, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Tuition: $60/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  • Credit: 1 history credit
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • Prerequisites: Writing II or equivalent writing skills OR take Writing II in addition to this course
  • Pairing: You can pair this course with Medieval Literature!
  • Books Needed: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • Boethius — The Consolation of Philosophy (Recommended: Goins translation/Ignatius, ISBN: 9781586174378)
    • Geoffrey of Monmouth — History of the Kings of Britain (Recommended: Thorpe translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140441703)
    • Einhard — Life of Charlemagne (Recommended: Ganz translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140455052)
    • Asser — Life of Alfred the Great (Recommended: Keynes translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140444094)
    • Joinville and Villehardouin — Chronicles of the Crusades (Recommended: Smith translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140449983)
    • Aquinas — On Law, Morality, and Politics (Recommended: Regan, 2nd ed./Hackett, ISBN: 9780872206632)
    • Froissart — Chronicles (Recommended: Brereton translation/Penguin, ISBN: 9780140442007)
    • Vasari — Lives of the Artists (Recommended: Modern Library edition, ISBN: 9780375760365)

Students learn about the significance of medieval and renaissance culture. In addition to study of the histories, governments, economics, wars, arts, and customs of Medieval and Renaissance Christendom, the course examines how these eras shaped the United States and its Constitution.

Assessment. Each semester, students write two essays using classical essay structure and take two exams. At the conclusion of each semester, all students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on one of their essays and responding to questions.