the web home of Medieval Europe: A Short History
WELCOME TO THE NEW SEMESTER!
Yes, yes, it is hard to begin. Here's a glimpse of how hard it was in 1495 (at Leipzig University):
"Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any filth, mock by whistling, cry at them with a terrifying voice, or dare to molest in any way whatsoever physically or severely, any, who are called freshmen, in the market, streets, courts, colleges and living houses, or any place whatsoever, and particularly in the present college, when they have entered in order to matriculate or are leaving after matriculation."
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Thanks for visiting. You'll find lots of useful resources here, as well as stuff that is just plain fun. My personal favorite is Amusing Links and Other Medieval Pleasures.
But maybe you don't want to be amused: you want fast and solid help. Fair enough. Start with my advice on How to Read the Textbook. Then, use the Chapters link to reach each chapter's webpage. These two tactics will help you read smarter and faster.
Judith M. Bennett
(University of Southern California)
The tabs above (top right) take you to the main sections of the website. In addition, be sure to check out these shorter sections:
- How to Read the Textbook will help you do just that.
- Test Yourself provides multiple choice questions for each chapter.
- Understanding Your History Professor offers a brief introduction to how History works.
- Instructors offers tips for teachers.
- Primary Sources uses a Valentine's Day note from 1477 to introduce you to this key term in History.
- Retired Materials reproduces some items removed from the previous editions.
- Textbook takes you to information about this venerable book and its authors.
If you are an instructor and would like to order an examination copy of the textbook, start here.
McGraw-Hill hosts a separate website for this textbook. It offers suggestions for teachers and sample tests for students.
Many thanks to Kristen Geaman, Janelle Werner, and Joshua Westgard for their good advice at the beginning.