This lesson along with FC.41.1 on the economic collapse in Western Europe, gives a broad view of Western Europe during the "Dark Ages". At the center of this is. a triple loop feedback (two feedback cycles that also feed back into each other) showing how political decline took place. Other topics include, the terms of a feudal contract, the obligations that serfs owed their lords, and the recurring cycle of Church decline and spiritual revival to help students gain a basic understanding of the pattern of Church history.
Highlights include a graphic portrayal of how the feudal system evolved, pictures of early medieval castles, knights, and a manor, and lecture notes on strange beliefs and superstitions in the Middle Ages.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
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