A Look at the Middle Ages (Chapter 1 sec 4 & Ch 2 sec 5)

Below are the links and videos you will need to complete the work.

1. Instructions for discussion questions

2. Black Plague Poems

3. Podcast: Listen to Medieval Archives: Mad Monarchs of the Middle Ages.         Episode 31.  Sept 22, 2012.

4. Plague-readings


“Doctor Schnabel” [i.e. Dr. Beak], a plague doctor in 17th century Rome

“Dance of Death” from Hartman Schedel’s Chronicle of the World (1493), believed to have been made by Michael Wolgemut


Holbein, Hans. “The Dance of Death.” Woodcut, before 1538. Facsimile, London, 1892. Annotated by Shona Kelly Wray.

‘Death and the Peddler.’ Woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger, from ‘The Dance of Death,’ published in 1538.



The following videos on the Medici family will be linked to your readings on Machiavelli’s “The Prince” the first week of school. The focus will be on how Machiavelli based his political ideals on this family. We will be coming back to this idea all the way up to the 20th century


The following videos  are meant to be supplements to help you in your readings on the Black Death.

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