The Middle Ages spans over a time of about 1000 years from the end of the Roman Empire (in the West) to the beginning of the Renaissance. This video gives an overview with maps that explains how Europe changed throughout the years based on who was in power. This is the best source to browse first as it provides context for the other sources as well as the background needed to understand Medieval Times literature. The timeline is accurate and even discusses the crusades and the Black Death.
Medieval religion plays a role in medieval literature, art, history, and culture. Christianity became more poulated during this time and began to affect the identity of the people and the culture. While viewing this resource, pay special attention to the Great Schism. This split among the churches leads to the development Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches referenced in our studies.
Medieval life was different dependent upon where one fell within the fedual system. Most of the literature studied in this course will focus on knights and noble women. Focus on descriptions of this tier as it will prepare you for your reading of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere.
This provides a brief glimpse of some of the famous people who lived during the medieval period. These people were influential not only during this time period but also today. Pay close attention to King Arthur as this course will discuss his legend and most of the literature studied is about him or inspired by him. Also, please note Joan of Arc and Leonardo DaVinci. Note: You may find some of these descriptions contain bias though facts are embedded within the descriptions.