The Medieval Church: Dante's Inferno and Legends of the Saints

The Middle Ages, one of the most fascinating periods of history, centered around the church. In this section you will find resources for studying the church's role in the Middle Ages as well as Dante's Divine Comedy.
Medieval legends frequently center around the saints of the church. This public domain collection of legends about the saints is a great introduction to some of these tales. Saints include St. Jerome, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Nicholas.
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THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH PRESENTATION

The Church was the most powerful force in the Middle Ages. Because of its great power, the church also became corrupt. This presentation outlines some of the ways that the church influenced the medieval world.

INTRODUCTION TO DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY

This presentation gives an overview of Dante's epic poem and its influences.

DANTE AND BEATRICE

This worksheet presents the special love that Dante felt for a young woman named Beatrice, whom he chose to be his guiding light through the terrors of hell. The worksheet also asks students to analyze the love between Dante and Beatrice as an example of courtly love.