Stearns Chapter Ten


PART ONE:  Read Chapter Ten in your textbook and answer the following inquiries in complete sentences.  Your responses must be either typewritten double spaced, or neatly written in blue or black ink. Responses written in pencil or odd colored inks will not be accepted.  You may email your responses if wish at your own risk, but you are responsible whether your responses are received or not.

1.       What were the characteristics that defined medieval western European civilization?


2.      How did manorialism affect the legal, social, and economic position of the serfs?


3.      Why did Europeans support the Crusades and how did they impact Europe?


4.      What problems did the Medieval Church face, and how did it solve them?


5.      What changes occurred in agriculture, towns, and commerce after 1000 C.E.?


6.      How did Christianity affect the social, legal and economic status of women?


7.      What roles did upper class women play in feudal and religious institutions?


8.      How did feudal monarchies organize power? How was their power limited?


PART TWO: Write a coherent essay ONE of the following topics. Your essay should be submitted separately from the questions cited above.

A.       Compare and Contrast European and Western Feudalism.


B.      Compare and Contrast Medieval Scholasticism with either Muslim or Hindu intellectual achievements.


C.      Compare and Contrast the roles of religion and faith in western Europe and the Muslim world.