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Main Idea / Reading Focus
Thinking and Learning
Faces of History: Thomas Aquinas
Art and Culture of the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages, great achievements were made in the visual arts, literature, and thinking and learning.
Many art historians consider the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris to be one of the finest artistic achievements of the Middle Ages. Like most art in the Middle Ages, it was created as a symbol of God.
What were three forms of medieval art?
Answer(s): architecture, illumination, and tapestries
Songs and Poems
Writers from the Middle Ages produced works that covered a wide spectrum, including religion, romance and epic adventures.
Long poems, stories of heroes, villains, written in language people spoke every day
Tell tales related to war, heroes
The Song of Roland, Charlemagne’s fight against Muslims in Spain
Tell tales of true love, chivalry
Many tell stories of King Arthur and knights of Round Table
Epics, romances often performed by troubadours
What subjects did medieval authors write about?
Answer(s): religious subjects; heroes, villains, love; chivalry
How did thinking and learning change in the Middle Ages?
Answer(s): experiments in alchemy; universities appeared; Aquinas's development of Scholasticism