Medieval Literature Live Class

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Medieval Literature Live 2024-2025


In this live class, read and discuss great books in Zoom meetings as you focus on the historical context of the Middle Ages and even write a basic thesis paper. Pair with Dave Raymond’s Christendom to add history credit, or take the course as an introduction to literary analysis.

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In Medieval Literature Live, students will read, discuss, and write about some of the greatest works from the Medieval era. Understanding the literature of a certain time period encourages a love of that time period.

The class will meet once per week over Zoom, on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 PM Central Standard Time.

The class will give your student a thorough understanding of basic literary principles, reading comprehension skills, and a strong writing foundation. The format will be discussion-based with short lectures focused on the historical context of a particular book or play. Students will read a variety of literary forms and learn how to write a basic thesis paper and find their own voice. The papers should reflect the student’s personal opinion as well as his ability to grasp literary concepts. The course can be used alongside Dave Raymond’s Christendom course, but is also structured to stand alone.

List of Readings

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  1. Confessions by Augustine (selections) [Thomas Williams translation]
  2. Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation)
  3. The Song of the Nibelungs
  4. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (selections)
  5. The Divine Comedy by Dante (selections) [Dorothy Sayers translation: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3]
  6. “The Second Shepherd’s Play”
  7. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  8. Selections from Renaissance poetry
  9. The Prince by Machiavelli (selections)
  10. Henry V by Shakespeare [Norton Critical Edition]
  11. The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser (selections)
  12. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle [Amazon]

Schedule of Class Meetings

Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM Central Standard Time

  1. Aug 21
  2. Aug 28
  3. Sep 04
  4. Sep 11
  5. Sep 18
  6. Sep 25
  7. Oct 02
  8. Oct 09 Fall Break (no class meeting)
  9. Oct 16
  10. Oct 23
  11. Oct 30
  12. Nov 06
  13. Nov 13
  14. Nov 20
  15. Nov 27 Thanksgiving Break
  16. Dec 4
  17. Dec 11
  18. Dec 12-Jan 7 Christmas Break
  19. Jan 08
  20. Jan 15
  21. Jan 22
  22. Jan 29
  23. Feb 05
  24. Feb 12
  25. Feb 19
  26. Feb 26
  27. Mar 05 Spring Break
  28. Mar 12
  29. Mar 19
  30. Mar 26
  31. Apr 02
  32. Apr 09
  33. Apr 16 Easter Break
  34. Apr 23
  35. Apr 30
  36. May 07
  37. May 14

Mary Pierson Purifoy has completed a history degree and was homeschooled until college. An avid reader and writer, she hopes to teach students to love books, writing, and history as well as a solid understanding of these subjects. Film is another passion as is exploring history through film and literature.

Additional information


14+ (grades 9-12)



1 HS

Credit Amount




– Zoom meetings
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