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Research Links

The Internet contains a wealth of information, but sometimes it's a little tricky to find what you need. Whether you are researching a specific topic, completing an assigned activity, or simply trying to learn more about the world around you, your search can begin sooner than you think!

By using the preselected Web sites provided below you will be able to narrow your search, answer assigned questions, and save precious time. Simply follow the links to find valuable research materials and activity support. There's a lot of information in here, happy hunting!

Section 1: Germanic Kingdoms Unite Under Charlemagne

Charlemagne http://www2.lucidcafe.com/ lucidcafe/ library/ 96apr/ charlemagne.html
Outstanding resource on the man who founded the Holy Roman Empire, containing a brief biography and links to more information and images.

Map of the Germanic Kingdoms http://historymedren.about.com/ library/ atlas/ blatmapgermanic.htm
Map of Europe after the "fall of Rome" depicts the distribution of the Germanic tribes and the breadth of the Byzantine Empire in 486 C.E.

Section 2: Feudalism in Europe

The Middle Ages: Feudal Life http://www.learner.org/ exhibits/ middleages/ feudal.html
Very nice site has articles about various aspects of feudal life, including religion, clothing, arts, and entertainment.

Feudal Terms http://www.geocities.com/ abrigon/ terms.html
This site contains a fairly extensive glossary of feudal terms.

Section 3: The Age of Chivalry

The English Medieval Castle http://www.britannia.com/ history/ david1.html
Three pages of text and photographs explaining the necessity of castles, as well as the construction techniques and history.

Medieval Sourcebook: Southampton Guild Organization, 14th Century http://www.fordham.edu/ halsall/ source/ guild-sthhmptn.html
Primary source document explaining the organization and rules of a trading guild.

Section 4: The Church Wields Power

Charlemagne: King of the Franks http://www2.lucidcafe.com/ lucidcafe/ library/ 96apr/ Charlemagne.html
Biography of Charlemagne, links to related topics, and a nice collection of medieval images of Charlemagne.

Frederick I http://www.infopls.com/ ce5/ CE019355.html
An encyclopedia article about Frederick I, with links to related topics.

Pope St. Gregory VII http://www.newadvent.org/ cathen/ 06791c.htm
A biography of Pope Gregory VII.

Pope St. Leo III http://www.newadvent.org/ cathen/ 09157b.htm
A biography of Pope Leo III.