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Overview

In this discussion, we will explore some of the most important characteristics and events of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe.

Instructions

Select one (only one!) topic from the below and write a response to the prompt by the initial post due date.

Option 1: Using at least two sources (primary or secondary sources) as evidence, explain what you believe to be the most important of Charlemagne’s reforms and why. You may focus on any aspect – military, monetary, political, cultural, or ecclesiastical – but choose only one.

Option 2: Based on at least one primary and one secondary source (not your e-text) pretend you are a resident of the High or Late Middle Ages (1000 – 1500 CE). Be gender specific and clearly identify your class (Estate). Write a description of your typical day and explain how you interact with the other Estates. (Note: You must include ALL three Estates in your description for full credit). Identify major historical events (with supporting evidence) that have impacted or transformed your life. Finally, make sure you identify your geographical location (i.e. England, France) and approximate year in your description.

Option 3: Based on evidence from at least one primary and one secondary source, assume the role of an ordinary individual (i.e. not a famous artist or politician) in Italy during the 15th century and compose a post that introduces yourself, your role, and then answers the following question: What do you believe are the most important factors of the Italian Renaissance and why?

  • Consider the cultural, economic, political and social changes in your story. For example, if you were a woman in Renaissance Florence, what factors of the Italian Renaissance would be most important to you and why?

Make sure you use evidence from the sources and source types noted in your prompt to support your points. You may use sources other than those found in Recommended Resources, but you should write at least 300 words in your response.

Reply to at least two other students’ posts with substantive responses of at least 100 – 150 words, and be sure to reply to your instructor.