History 11 - Kolbe Academy

History 11

Era of Christendom

This course is an introduction to the post-Pagan Roman world (which encompassed the province of Britannia, in the west, to the Kingdoms of Armenia and Georgia in the east), and to the expansion and transformation of that world, i.e. the new lands won for Christ by missionaries and the renewal or abolition of many western and central European institutions and traditions. More than this, the Kolbe 11th grade History Course is an attempt to present as an elaborate thriving organism, an often slandered or overlooked period in which the Christian ideal shaped and inspired the social and political order.

In this course students will continue their study of the incarnational development of history with the rise of Christendom.  The readings and discussions will focus on what makes Christendom, with history makers, saints, popes, emperors, kings, and the everyday person.  We will cover heroism, missionaries & conversions, conquest & expansion, and the art & architecture of the time.   The readings emphasize primary sources as well as some significant secondary ones, building a picture of the backdrop of a changing world after the dissolution of Late Antique society.  Students will explore key figures, and they will discuss the achievements and failures that helped to make the modern world.  They will learn of the influences that led to the rise of the cultures such as Islam, the Vikings, and the Slavs. The class will compliment what the students are covering in theology and literature. The course will occasionally engage with some of the myths perpetrated by early modern historical critiques.  The student will come away with the appreciation that these were not “Dark Ages,” but rather truly the Era of Christendom.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will have four major assignments each semester.  Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other two may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course.  Additionally, core students should also expect to have daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor. All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

  • Byzantium
  • The Portable Medieval Reader
  • Chronicles
  • The Rule of St. Benedict
  • The Era of Christendom Reader
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number





Dr. Hasler Mrs. Prudlo Dr. Hasler

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Class Period

0 1 3


6:00-7:20 AM PT

9:00-10:20 AM ET

7:30-8:50 AM PT

10:30-11:50 AM ET

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET


$759 or see Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Literature of Christendom

Apologetics & Church History II

Classical Rhetoric


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.