Unit 14: Renaissance and Reformation
What you must do in this unit
Raphael Santi's The Holy Family (The
Madonna with Beardless Joseph), 1505-06, tempera and oil on canvas. The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has one of the finest collections of Renaissance art
in the world. That is largely a legacy of the wealth, power and collecting
prowess of Catherine the Great in the eighteenth century.
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
- See the videos dealing with the Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration in the HIS 101 course.
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the URL and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Extra Credit Options
Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 50 points of extra credit, read De Las Casas A Short Account
of the Destruction of the Indies and submit the De Las Casas paper. There is an ebook available of De Las Casas.
- Submit an Extra Credit Special Project paper (point value varies).
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read the excerpts from Columbus Journal of his voyages and write a one-page
paper: Do these excerpts provide historians with any useful information
about the native societies of the islands that Columbus reached?
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, assess the significance of the Medici family for Renaissance
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, choose one of the famous quotes about the study of history--scroll down that page to find a list of quotes--(Get permission from your instructor first.) and write a long paragraph in which you explain who the author of the quote was, what he/she meant by the quote and then your evaluation of the quote's accuracy. You can also use the material on these two links, Historians and Why We Study History. Don't forget to cite your sources.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the Council of Trent: Rules on Prohibited Books and in a paragraph explain what the Church was attempting to do with these regulations.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, after reading The Discovery of North America by Leif Erikson, c. 1000
(from The Saga of Eric the Red, 1387), write a paragraph in which you assess whether it really matters who "discovered" American first.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the excerpts from Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Leonardo da Vinci, and write a long paragraph in which you explain how da Vinci was a perfect expression of the Renaissance ideal.
- For up to 5 points of extra credit, read Luther's 95 Theses and answer the
Luther study sheet questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For up to 5 points of extra credit,
you can submit the answers to the De Las Casas study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, contribute at least five photos to the Northern Virginia Digital History Archive.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) explain the importance of the Italian Renaissance and its impact on northern Europe, (2) identify some of the important individuals involved in the Renaissance, (3) identify the terms of Luther's and Calvin's protests and (4) explain the impact of the Protestant Reformation on Catholic Europe.