This is a 24 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on The Early Middle Ages. All the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The Early Middle Ages or Early Medieval Period was the period of European history lasting from the 5th century to the 10th century. The Early Middle Ages followed the decline of the Western Roman Empire and preceded the High Middle Ages.
The period saw a continuation of trends begun during late classical antiquity, including population decline, especially in urban centers, a decline of trade, and increased immigration. The period has been labeled the "Dark Ages", a characterization highlighting the relative scarcity of literary and cultural output from this time, especially in Northwestern Europe.
During the 11th century, feudal life began to change. Agricultural innovations such as the heavy plow and three-field crop rotation made farming more efficient and productive. Thanks to the expanded and improved food supply, the population grew. As a result, more and more people were drawn to towns and cities.
Meanwhile, the Crusades had expanded trade routes to the East and given Europeans a taste for imported goods such as wine, olive oil and luxurious textiles. As the commercial economy developed, port cities in particular thrived. By 1300, there were some 15 cities in Europe with a population of more than 50,000. In these cities, a new era was born: the Renaissance.
The presentation covers the following:
The Catholic Church
The Church Becomes Powerful
Rise of Islam
Impact of the Crusades
Romanesque Style Cathedrals
Gothic Style Cathedrals
Art & Printing
Impact of Population Growth
Key Figures: Charles Martel
Key Figures: Charlemagne
Key Figures: Otto the Great
Key Figures: William the Conqueror
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