Great Books from a Catholic Perspective: The Middle Ages

Ages: Approx. 15-18

Description: This course follows after the course Great Books from a Catholic Perspective: The Ancient World. In this second course, primarily a literature course with a strong composition emphasis, students will read from great works of the medieval period and write papers in response to those works. For works, please see the book list below. A focus of the course is writing rhetorically, with an emphasis on invention, organization, and style. Students will write a number of essays of 3-5+ pages, relying on classical rhetorical techniques. Note: All major assignments must be word-processed.   Other assignments may include vocabulary and reading quizzes, written or oral discussions, presentations, and special projects.

6greatbooksIIcollageSix Required Books
(Note: I have used Dover Thrift Editions whenever possible to keep the course affordable).

  1. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay, by Scott F. Crider. ISI Books. ISBN: 1-932236-45-7. http://isibooks.org/catalogsearch/result/?q=crider
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: https://www.amazon.com/Gawain-Green-Knight-Pearl-Orfeo/dp/0345277600/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1501881646&sr=8-5&keywords=sir+gawain+and+the+green+knight
  3. Beowulf: https://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-Verse-Translation-Seamus-Heaney/dp/0374111197/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WQX34YERZ5B7VEY0PAG7
  4. The Ballad of the White Horse: https://www.amazon.com/Ballad-White-Horse-100th-Anniversary/dp/1607041073/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501881814&sr=1-4&keywords=the+ballad+of+the+white+horse
  5. Three by Shakespeare: https://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Midsummer-Nights-Richard-Editions/dp/0486447219/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501960897&sr=1-9&keywords=Three+by+shakespeare
  6. Lepanto: https://www.amazon.com/Lepanto-G-K-Chesterton/dp/1586170309/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501881700&sr=1-1&keywords=lepanto