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.
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
  3. Beowulf:
  4. The Ballad of the White Horse:
  5. Three by Shakespeare:
  6. Lepanto: