Introduction to the Middle Ages

This course is an introduction to the Middle Ages and comprises a study both of the “synthesis” of cultures that gave rise to the medieval West, as well as the various cultures, religions, and political regimes that interacted during this time.

Geographically it is focused on the broader Mediterranean world, chronologically from the 4th century AD to the 15th century AD.  Students will be grounded in basic geographic and chronological knowledge as well as learning the narratives of significant persons and events.

The course will not be limited to “political” history, but will include sections on art, music, commerce, and other cultural elements of the time and places.  Moreover, students will have the opportunity to read and respond to several shorter primary source documents to learn how people of the time described themselves, their peers, and their motivating ideas.  Students will have regular short quizzes, two more comprehensive tests, and two short papers.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

“REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.


Prerequisites: Introduction to the Ancient World is preferred, but not required
Instructor: Aaron Mitchell, B. A.
Age Level: 11 - 14 years
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Minimum Enrollment:
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester: $300

Class Meets:
Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Pacific

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Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Aaron Mitchell, B.A.

Aaron Mitchell grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a member of the first graduating class of St. Peter’s Classical School. He then went on to receive his BA in Classical Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. He taught for five years at Anthem Preparatory Academy, a Classical Charter school in Phoenix, AZ. During that time, he taught Latin, History, and Music in predominantly 6th through 8th grade. He has since returned to Fort Worth where he teaches Greek and Latin to students from 1st through 12th grade at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Classical School. He is also a Subdeacon at St. Peter’s Orthodox Church.

Outside the classroom, Aaron enjoys reading, writing poetry, watching baseball, practicing both Byzantine and Gregorian chant, and spending time with his wife Corrie and their son Aidan

Kristine Hugo, B.A.

Kristine Hugo received her B.A. in history from Hillsdale College graduating magna cum laude. While at college, she helped tutor students in the school’s writing center and participated in the honors program, but most of her time at Hillsdale was spent studying history ranging from Ancient Greece to the French Revolution. Kristine spent several years after leaving college as an ophthalmic technician, but she is enjoying this chance to focus on more academic pursuits.

Kristine recently moved to the scenic valleys of the Green Mountains with her husband; Vermont makes the eighth state she has lived. During her somewhat nomadic childhood, she was home schooled from 1st-12th grade. When she is not working, Kristine enjoys reading—myths and fairytales are particular favorites, crocheting, and enjoying the beauty of nature.


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European World: 400 - 1450
(used available)


An Age of Empires,
(used available)


The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
(used available)


Two Lives of


Additional supplemental texts and excerpts will be provided by the instructor.