The European World, 400-1450 (Medieval and Early Modern World)

by Barbara A. Hanawalt Author

(From Amazon): As the Roman Empire began to crumble and lose its long-held dominance over Europe, new civilizations were emerging to fill the void. Germanic tribes like the Goths, the Franks, and the Vandals, as well as the Huns and Visigoths all fought for control of the land. Christianity became a more acceptable religion throughout Europe, while the Islamic religion was born in the Middle East and quickly spread, eventually making its way into Europe. The blending and conflict of cultures and beliefs helped to create what we now call the Middle Ages.Fascinating new characters were also rising in Europe like the emperor and empress of the Byzantine Empire Justinian and Theodoraambitious leaders who made one final push to recapture the west and regain the past glory of the Roman Empire. Meanwhile in the west Charlemagne had come to power by crowning himself emperor. A popular leader he spent much of his time travelling through his land on horseback accompanied by an entourage that often included an elephant! Vikings from Scandinavia began raiding parts of Europe until eventually they were stopped by Alfred the king of Wessex in England. By 1066, however, the Scandinavians got their revenge when William the Conqueror invaded England and took over.Filled with intrigue, conflict, power struggles, and colorful characters and based on primary source materials Barbara Hanawalt's The European World is an adventure at every turn. From Attila the Hun to Joan of Arc, from the fall of Rome to the Plague this pivotal moment in history comes alive.


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
5th - 8th
Oxford University Press, USA


  • 1a Constantine Goes Christian
  • 1b Barbarians at the Gates
  • 2a Let's Be Frank
  • 2b Papa and the Venerable Bede
  • 3a Charlemagne Reigns
  • 3b Muhammad and a New Faith
  • 4a Swat! Vikings Defeat Charles the Fat
  • 4b Oxen Will Buy You a Knight
  • 4c The Villein of the Story
  • 5a Gregory Wins Popular Vote
  • 5b Go East, People
  • 6a Cross of the Sword
  • 6b Crusade, Take One
  • 7a Love Conquers All (Unless Your Name is Abelard)
  • 7b Play Nice and Share Your Trencher
  • 8a Order in the Courts
  • 8b Talk Amog Yourselves
  • 9a Sink or Swim
  • 9b Friar, Friar
  • 10a Students Beg to Go to School
  • 10b A King for All and All for the Pope
  • 11a Ratus Ratus Strikes Again
  • 11b Tinker, Tailor, Peasant, Rebel
  • 12a Joan of Arc to the Rescue
  • 12b Money Makes the Church Lose Ground

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