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Volume Three


Mid-11th century through the end of the 17th century

High Medieval - Renaissance - Reformation

& Early Exploration

Picking up where Volume Two left off we move into a time of incredible richness and change. This time period is probably the most misunderstood of all eras in history. During the High Medieval period the Catholic faith permeated European culture at all levels.  The "Middle Ages" produced some of the most inspiring saints, beautiful cathedrals, paintings, sculptures, and literature, as well as scientific discoveries and inventions that endure to this day. This time period also provides numerous opportunities to learn the truth about an era that continues to be maligned and misunderstood. 

This volume covers a fairly short period of time compared to our previous two volumes, only about 600 years.  We purposely slow down our pace just as the rate of cultural changes increase so that we can more fully appreciate the beauty and the tragedy encompassed in the unfolding story of history.  From the heights of cathedrals and great art to the depths of the plague and civil wars; from the heartbreaking "Reformation" to the excitement of exploration, discovery and missionary zeal, this time in history is a thrilling adventure story!

The focus of this volume is on European history and the early Catholic explorers and missionaries to the New World.  Volume Four will overlap this volume, beginning with a look at the English and Dutch Protestant settlers in the Americas.

 Each volume of the Connecting with History program contains the material needed for all ages, for one academic year of history. 

Volume Three Table of Contents

Unit 1 – Late 11th C. and  12th Century (1070-1200) The Crusades, Feudalism, Knighthood , Chivalry, Military orders

Unit 2 - 13th Century: (1201-1300) Religious Orders, Education, Ancient China

Unit 3 - 14th Century: (1301-1400) Castles, Royalty, Daily Life of Ordinary People, Cathedrals

Unit 4 - 15th Century:  (1401-1500) Beginning of the Renaissance, Early Explorers

Unit 5 - 16th Century:  (1501-1600) Protestant Reformation, Shakespeare

Unit 6 - 16th Century: (1501-1600) Catholic Reformation, Explorations to Japan and the Americas

Unit 7 - 17th Century: (1601-1700) Part One: Post-Reformation Europe, Part Two: Catholic Missionaries to the Americas

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