Are you interested in learning more about the Medieval period? Consider the online -free- courses listed below. Of course, you can't really "take" most of these courses, but you can read the readings, watch or listen to the media, look at the exam questions, and practice thinking through the answers for yourself.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Emergence of Europe: 500 - 1300

"This course surveys the social, cultural, and political development of western Europe between 500 and 1350. A number of topics are incorporated into the broad chronological sweep of the course, including: the Germanic conquest of the ancient Mediterranean world; the rise of a distinct northern culture and the Carolingian Renaissance; the emergence of feudalism and the breakdown of political order; contact with the Byzantine and Islamic East and the Crusading movement; the quality of religious life; the vitality of the high medieval economy and culture; and the catastrophes of the fourteenth century."
McCants, Anne, 21H.306 The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300, Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed 28 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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The History of Western Thought: 500 - 1300

"This course examines the development of the western intellectual tradition from the fall of the Roman Empire through the High Middle Ages. Our basic premise will be that the triumph of Christianity in the west was not the inevitable outcome it might appear from hindsight. Our attention will therefore be focused not only on the development of Christian thought and practice, but on its challengers as well. " Course materials to download. McCants, Anne, 21H.411 History of Western Thought, 500-1300, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed 28 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective

"This course will survey the conditions of material life and the changing social and economic relations in medieval Europe with reference to the comparative context of contemporary Islamic, Chinese, and central Asian experiences. The subject covers the emergence and decline of feudal institutions, the transformation of peasant agriculture, living standards and the course of epidemic disease, and the ebb and flow of long-distance trade across the Eurasian system. " Be sure to click on the link for Related Resources. McCants, Anne, 21H.416J Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed 28 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

See the onine courses from iTunes U on the podcast page of this wiki:

The Medieval Podcast

Oxford University Medieval English

University of Leeds Medieval Studies

History of Western Civilization

Columbia University - History of the World to 1500 CE

(also in our Vidéothèque at this link)