Stefano Petruccelli - The Middle Ages

Stefano Petruccelli - The Middle Ages

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HWC period 2

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  • In 1154, an energetic, well-educated king, Henry II, inherited the throne of England. He broadened the system of royal justice. Henry's son John was a clever, greedy, cruel, and untrustworthy ruler. John angered his own nobles with oppressive taxes and other abuses of power. In 1215, a group of rebellious barons conquered John and forced him to sign the Magna Carta, or great charter.
  • King John, you can sign here! There's no escaping it!
  • At the Council of Clermont in 1095, Pope Urban II commands Christians to take back the Holy Land, starting the First Crusade. The crusades took place over a 200 year period ans most men that left home never returned. Millions of lives were lost in the name of religion. Crusades increased trade, the use of a money economy, and the power of monarchs in Europe.
  • Let's retake Jerusalem, for God wills it!
  • The Black Death brought many problems including inflation or rising prices, less trade and workers, it also brought fear and frustration which lead to many riots. Fewer workers helped end feudalism due to high worker demands.
  • The plague has killed at least a third of Europe and our economy is screwed!
  • While Pope Clement V is enjoying his life, people are in a time of spiritual crisis!
  • Being a gravedigger is tiring. The death toll is so high, I need to use carts just to collect all the corpses!
  • The Hundred Years' War was fought between Britain and France from 1337 to 1453. It was caused by the English king attempting to regain control over their Norman ancestors' land in France. In 1337, the English king declared himself King of France which started the war. By 1453, the English held only a small port in western France.
  • The time has come to take back what had once belonged to England!
  • France and her rightful king will not tolerate this!
  • In 1429, Joan of Arc, a 17 year old peasant woman, convinced Charles VII to allow her to lead the French forces. She was able to inspire the French forces to fight harder and they began winning battles. Joan of Arc paid for her success with her life when the British captured her. In 1431, they tried her for witchcraft before burning her at the stake. Later the Church declared her a saint.
  • God has sent me to save France! Let me lead the French forces, King Charles VII!
  • With few other options, I give you permission to take charge of the French soldiers.
  • By the 1100s, monarchs and nobles owned sprawling stone castles with high walls, towers, and drawbridges over wide moats. Castles were primarily used for defense and to provide living quarters and storage for the lord, his family, and his estate. After the French invention of the cannon, during the Hundred Years' War, castles began to disappear because their defenses could not stand up to the more deadly firepower.
  • This castle is very well defended, I'm sure it could stand some significant attacks!
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