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Homeschool History Curriculum Resources for

Renaissance and Reformation 1461-1600

The Homeschool History Resources below will help you design your own homeschool history curriculum when studying the Renaissance and Reformation.

Everyone has their favourite homeschooling history books. The selection below are books which we have enjoyed using as a family and others which have been highly recommended.


Keep reading for an overview or skip this part and read more details about the History Resources below.


History Resources Overview -

Renaissance and Reformation Overview

As you study the renaissance and reformation, you will find that it is both rich and exciting. As the story unfolds, you will not only see God's movement to reform his church and bring her back to him, through a variety of interesting characters, but also how the solid belief in an orderly and rational God opened the way to Scientific discoveries. As Francis Shaeffer says, "Science and art were set free to operate upon the basis of that which God had set forth in Scripture."

How then shall we live?, written by Frances Schaeffar; An insightful overview - a brilliant analysis of western civilization from Ancient Rome to the Atomic Age; This book provides an excellent base for every homeschool parent.

"Absolutely profound. Dr. Schaeffer's synthesis of the history of western thought and culture is clear, concise and offers answers to the questions every Christian needs to be asking about the world and the culture we live in. Understanding the steps that lead to where we are today allows us to understand our current situations and what to expect as well as how to go about changing the world we live in. " (Reviewer from CBD)

There are different ways to study this time period as a homeschool family.

How to begin?

You can either select a homeschool history curriculum which will guide you through the time period, and organize many of the books you will see on this page into an order to read and discuss. Tapestry of Grace Year 2 covers the Renaissance and Reformation in Unit 2, TruthQuest History will give you an excellent suggestions of books to read as well as an insightful commentary. (One of my favourites!) Explore both of them more on the links below to find out exactly how they are organized and how they may benefit your family.

What I really love about TruthQuest History is the way that Michelle Miller gives us a 'spine' to follow. Her insightful text is the spine and from that we jump off and read excellent literature - time period literature and historical fiction novels; Spinebooks such as Greenleaf Famous Men series, the Story of Liberty; Reference books for art; All these are listed for the appropriate ages; I highly recommend TruthQuest if you would like an indepth study, a recommended reading list, ideas for thinking and writing and now also includes map and project ideas. It also addresses the time period with two thought provoking questions:

  • Who is God?
  • Who, then is mankind?

History is a big story, because it is about the Big 2 Beliefs!

Story of the World Curriculum Book 2 and Diana Waring's "Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries" includes its own story book written as a spine for your homeschool history curriculum. (Both available as CDs also). You can also purchase CDs, Activity Books, and Test books. These also include suggestions to enhance the complete study of the time period such as further literature reading, project ideas, art ideas and more.

The World of Columbus and Sons is also a wonderful spine ...

Alternatively, you can choose a spinebook (such as Famous Men, Renaissance and Reformation by Guerber or The Story of the World) as a base for your homeschool history curriculum studies and then add in books to read aloud and books which your children can read to themselves. You do not need all the spinebooks I have listed here. Just choose one depending on the age of your children. Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation is free at Librivox and on your Kindle.

For older students, they may use Streams of Civilization Volume 2 and include some primary sources - Dante "The Divine Comedy", The Travels of Marco Polo, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, The Prince, Le Morte d'Arthur, Don Quixote, In Praise of Folly, Writings from the Reformers, and Works by Shakespeare. You can easily create your own study of the Renaissance and Reformation in this way.

Another excellent resource which could be used as a spine for older teens (or as a read aloud) - is the narrative, "The Age of Knights, Friars, Popes and Reformers: The History of the Christian Church " which is the sequel to The Birth of Europe (or the first book, Blood of Martyrs) by Leigh Churchill. As you read about the characters in the history of the Christian church you can stop, research, discuss, add to a timeline, map and write. Another excellent alternative to studying this time period and creating your own homeschool history curriculum.

Use one history spine (appropriate to the age), add some art ideas, draw a timeline, create a research project of their choosing, play or create a medieval game, dress up, have a medieval feast, narrate and create a history book, and spend some time 'living' out the middle ages in your home.

I am sorry if at the end of this, you are confused. Yes, there are many ways to approach your history studies! Remember - design your homeschool history curriculum and studies in your way - your family! Above all, enjoy the study! Even, if you only chose the exciting historical fiction books and read them aloud to your children - you would have a superbly rich study! One that they will remember for years to come.

This Homeschooling Resources page is written to help you plan and design your study of the Renaissance and Reformation. The literature books covers this time period.

You can also create a time-line using time-line figures or just add your own characters into your History Book or Book of Centuries.


Now, let's look at the History Resources in more detail below.

Favourite Historical Fiction Read Alouds for Renaissance and Reformation

Others we have enjoyed: The black arrow, I, Juan de pareja, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, The trumpeter of krakow (find this on the TOP TEN Medieval Living books History page)

871652: Under Drake"s Flag Under Drake's Flag
By Robinson Books

A story of the days when England and Spain struggled for the supremacy of the sea, the heroes sail as lads with Drake in the Pacific expedition. A great voyage of circumnavigation, with excellent history detail! 384 pages, hardcover.

62940: Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
By Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema / HarperCollins

How did a man from an unremarkable family create an unforgettable legacy? While much of William Shakespeare's life is unknown, this dramatic illustrated story shares what historians do know of how he became so famous in London centuries ago. Your students will be captivated as they learn about the mysterious Bard of Avon! 45 pages, softcover from Mulberry.

61408: Tales from Shakespeare Tales from Shakespeare
By Charles & Mary Lamb / Wordsworth Editions Ltd

Introduce young readers to the delights of Shakespeare with Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. Edited and abridged for a younger audience, children will enjoy the stories of The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Macbeth, All's Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and others. With illustrations by Arthur Rackham. 278 pages, softcover.

870419: By Pike and Dyke By Pike and Dyke
By Robinson Books

In this story, Mr. Henty traces the adventures and brave deeds of an English boy in the household of the ablest man of his age- William the Silent. Edward Martin, the son of an English sea-captain, enters the service of the Prince as a volunteer, and is employed by him in many dangerous and responsible missions, including one of the great sieges of the time. 406 pages, hardcover.

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Homeschool History Living Books and Biographies - Renaissance and Reformation

Years 1-4

6117328: Beggars Bible: An Illustrated Historical Fiction of John Wycliffe Beggars Bible: An Illustrated Historical Fiction of John Wycliffe
By Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

The author tells of John Wycliffe, the famous Oxford teacher, preacher who translated the Bible and made his translation available to the poor of the land.

I have not seen both of these sets below, but they contain Hillyer's book, A Child's History of Art. If you like his conversational style from, The Child's History of the World, you would also like these. It also includes photographs and a lesson manual.
228503: A Child"s History of Art: Painting Kit A Child's History of Art: Painting Kit
By Calvert School

Filled with all the details of art that make learning interesting, this unique subject will teach your kids about the history of painting through black-and-white reproductions. The text is the core of the course, and includes glossy black-and-white photographs with simple, conversational text on the Great Masters as well as lesser-known painters. The accompanying Art Card Portfolio features full-color photographs of many famous paintings. The lesson manual includes instructions for the teacher with objectives, an introduction, application questions, art card connections, and enrichment activities; an answer key is also included. 7th Grade.

This Kit Includes:

  • A Child's History of Art: Architecture textbook, 242 glossy pages, softcover.
  • Lesson Manual, 125 pages, spiralbound, softcover.
  • Art Card Portfolio, spiralbound
  • 228502: A Child"s History of Art: Architecture Set A Child's History of Art: Architecture Set
    By Calvert School

    Filled with all the details of art, history, and architecture that make learning interesting, this unique subject will teach your kids to recognize the types of architecture they see around them everyday, as well as the types they're likely to see on TV or field trips. The text is the core of the course, and includes glossy black-and-white photographs with simple, conversational text on grass huts, ancient temples in Greece, Stonehenge, famous Roman architecture, arches, early Christian buildings, cathedrals, mosques, English homes, domes, columns, and more.

    The accompanying Art Card Portfolio features full-color photographs of many famous buildings. The lesson manual includes instructions for the teacher with objectives, an introduction, application questions, art card connections, and activities; an answer key is also included. 7th Grade.

    This Kit Includes:

  • A Child's History of Art: Architecture textbook, 274 glossy pages, softcover.
  • Lesson Manual, 111 pages, spiralbound, softcover.
  • Art Card Portfolio, spiralbound
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    513886: Masters of the Renaissance Masters of the Renaissance
    By Greathall Productions Inc

    Jim Weiss' storytelling recordings have received the highest awards from the Parent's Choice Foundation and the American Library Association, and been widely praised in major publications across North America and internationally. He has captivated and delighted childand adult audiences with his original stories and retellings of ancient and modern classics. Masters of the Renaissance features Jim's captivating stories about Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and more. Approximately 78 minutes runtimes.

    Years 5-8 Renaissance and Reformation

      Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History
    By Richard M. Hannula / Canon Press
    67544: Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History
    Christianity is a faith in love with history. God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. The Spirit carried that divine work over the centuries, providing courage and maturity even amid our imperfections. Christians find their true family line not through tribes and ethnic blood but in the bond of faithfulness and shed blood that has united our family for millennia. We too often view Church history as the story of obscure aliens instead of the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.
    In this collection of forty-six brief biographies for children, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith--including Augustine, Charlemagne, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and C.S. Lewis. Through them we can begin to enjoy the old paths and find rest for our souls.

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    45304: Morning Star Of The Reformation Morning Star Of The Reformation
    By Andy Thomson / Journeyforth

    The scene is Oxford University in medieval England, a place of high culture, intellectual activity---and danger, at least for reformer John Wycliffe, who challenges the formidable power of the Roman Catholic Church. In the midst of riots, plague, and persecution, Wycliffe risks his life to translate the Bible into English and paves the way for the Reformation. His courage will renew your appreciation for the gift of the English Bible. 134 pages, softcover from Bob Jones University Press.

    116739: Ink on His Fingers Ink on His Fingers
    By Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

    John Gutenberg is working on printing the first Bible with type. Twelve-year-old Hands Dunne is planning on being a scribe and copying the Bible by hand. But circumstances change and he finds himself working in Gutenberg's shop as an apprentice printer. Soon, Hans finds himself in the middle of a type-stealing mystery. Herr Fust, the village banker, wants Gutenberg's type and tries every possible way to get his hands on it. Gutenberg is deep in debt and has borrowed from everyone in town. Gutenberg is sure that he will be able to pay everyone back one the Bible is printed, but he is running out of time. Will Hans, and the other pressmen be able to keep Herr Fust from getting the type? Will they be able to finish the Bible so many people will be able to read and learn from it?

    118286: The Man Who Laid the Egg The Man Who Laid the Egg
    By Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

    "Erasmus laid the egg that Luther hatched" is what the people say. And that makes young Gerhard Koestler smile. He knows that Erasmus has influenced Luther's thinking. He also believes both men are tying to serve God according to the Scriptures. Young Gerhard Koestler lives in Germany in the 1500s. He inherits money and a castle when his rich parents die. His Uncle Frederic tries to talk Gerhard into becoming a monk so Frederic can claim the inheritance for his own. But Gerhard has other ideas. After a series of adventures and narrow escapes, Gerhard arrives in Basel, Switzerland. To his delight he is able to live in the same house as Erasmus. Although Erasmus' enemies accuse him of agreeing with Martin Luther, Erasmus says that the Bible is his guide. In the end, Gerhard returns to his castle. Not sure whether he want to be known as a Catholic or a Lutheran, Gerhard says, "Call me a Christian." No other name is necessary. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

     

    117409: Thunderstorm in Church Thunderstorm in Church
    By Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

    Martin Luther's son has a problem. What should young Hans Luther do when he grows up? How can he ever do anything important when he is constantly overshadowed by his famous father? Hans struggles with his Latin lessons. He fights with a peasant boy in the marketplace, listens to the wise advice of his Aunt Lena, observes his father lecturing to university students. Hans plays with his brothers, little Martin and Paul, and has thoughtful conversations with Lenchen, his sister. Gradually he discovers who he is and how God want him to live. Through Hans' eyes you will learn to know Martin Luther--not only as the great Reformer-preacher, but also as a father with a sense of humor and as a friend.

    The Queen's Smuggler and other Heroes of the Faith can be found in this Omnibus 3. Contains 5 books.

    206905: Trailblazers: Featuring William Tyndale and Other Christian Heroes: Omnibus 3 Trailblazers: Featuring William Tyndale and Other Christian Heroes: Omnibus 3
    By Dave and Neta Jackson / Bethany House

    Throughout history, steadfast Christians have paved the way for dramatic changes in the world. The Christian heroes from the Trailblazer Books had the courage and strength to stand up for the God they believe in. Their amazing stories of hope and adventure, described through the eyes of young fictional characters, are timeless lessons for young and old.

    The Queen's Smuggler When William Tyndale is imprisoned for illegally translating Scripture into English, Sarah Poyntz believes that the king might spare Tyndale's life if only she can get Queen Anne to read a copy of Tyndale's translated New Testament.

    Caught in the Rebel Camp Danny Sims wants nothing more than to fight with the Union soldiers in the Fifty-Fourth infantry, but he thinks his lame foot will keep him out of the action--until he is befriended by antislavery advocate Frederick Douglass.

    Mask of the Wolf Boy An accident leaves Chou Fu-lin disfigured and alone, but friendship from missionaries Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth leads Fu-lin to invite Jesus into his life. His faith is tested, however, when violence breaks out against Christians, and Fu-lin wonders if he should run from his newfound faith to save his life.

    Flight of the Fugitives Mei-en, a young Chinese orphan, is terrified to be sold to a foreign lady, but the compassionate missionary Gladys Aylward proves to be a friend and rescuer for Mei-en and hundreds more orphans.

    The Fate of the Yellow Woodbee When Niwa is outlawed by his own family for angering another Ecuadorian tribe, he finds hope in missionary Nate Saint, who Niwa knows is there to help make peace among the tribes.

    Alternatively, you can get a set of stories of Christian heroes as found in the Hero Tales.

    200798: Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives  of Christian Heroes, Volume II Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume II
    By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany House

    These inspiring true tales and beautiful illustrations make up this powerful treasury, featuring forty-five stories from influential Christian heroes' lives. Excitement and adventure allow elementary-age children to learn valuable lessons of virtue through the lives of important historical figures. Loved by parents and children alike, Dave and Neta Jackson's newly repackaged collections include the lives of heroic Christians such as John Bunyan, Jim Elliot, Watchman Nee, Corrie Ten Boom, and many more. Each story ends with a Scripture verse and discussion questions. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

    6117832: Secret Church Secret Church
    By Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

    The author recounts the story of the Anabaptists during the Reformation. The main characters are two teenage girl whose mother is dead and whose father is the most hated man in the community. This story is about their involvement in a church considered heretical. Softcover. 128 pages. For children. About the author: Louise A. Vernon has written numerous books, including: Peter and the Pilgrims, Strangers in the Land, The Bible Smuggler; Key to the Prison, A Heart Strangely Warmed and many others.

    6115570: Bible Smuggler Bible Smuggler
    By Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press

    Read the 16th century story of William Tyndale, who wants to translate the Bible into English. He feels that the common people of England should be able to read the Scriptures for themselves. The church and government violently disagree.

    Collin Hartley, a boy and Tydale's helper, works with him on this dangerous project. Tydale has to flee to Europe for his life, and Collin goes along. Their enemies follow and try to capture them, but Tyndale manages to complete his translation work. Then, he mush smuggle the English-language Bibles into England. Along with Collin Hartley, you will participate in all the important events of this daring story. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

    514548: The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin
    By Joyce McPherson / Greenleaf Press

    Written specifically for younger children, this biography focuses on Calvin's youth, his time at the university, and the circumstances of his conversation. Learn about his early leadership of the Protestants in France, and his flight to Basel, Strassburg, and Geneva when King Francis I began executing Protestants. A warm and affectionate picture of the leader of the second generation of the Protestant Reformation, this book is perfect for independent reading or reading aloud. 159 pages, softcover. Ages 9-12.

    Don't forget - the library will be a great source of books on the Italian Renaissance
    513886: Masters of the Renaissance Masters of the Renaissance
    By Greathall Productions Inc

    Jim Weiss' storytelling recordings have received the highest awards from the Parent's Choice Foundation and the American Library Association, and been widely praised in major publications across North America and internationally. He has captivated and delighted childand adult audiences with his original stories and retellings of ancient and modern classics. Masters of the Renaissance features Jim's captivating stories about Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and more. Approximately 78 minutes runtimes.

    Getting to Know the World's Artists Series - there are many in this series - Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael

    422758: Getting to Know the World"s Greatest Artists: Da Vinci Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Da Vinci
    By Grolier Publishing Company

    Get aquainted with the world's greatest artists' in this kid-friendly introduction to Leonardo DaVinci. His biography is accompanied by cartoon drawings that highlight different aspects of his life, while reproductions of his famous notes and artwork give kids' exposure to his style of painting. 32 pages, softcover.

    Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley

    What is a Raphael? Series - I also really like this series.

    45184: Ship, Softcover Ship, Softcover
    By David Macaulay / Houghton-mifflin

    They were the space shuttles of the fifteenth century--small wooden ships called caravels, built to reach, explore, and return from the unknown. Documents of the time tell us something about their construction and about those who built and sailed them. A handful of artistic depictions provide a little more information. But what did these ships whose voyages expanded the map of the world really look like? How were they designed and built to accomplish their extraordinary feats? Only the ships themselves can answer these questions, and until this century their remains lay silent and unreachable beneath the seas.

    Join a group of underwater archaeologists as they search the seabed for the remains of a caravel in the Caribbean Sea. Their meticulous search for artifacts gives them fascinating information about the wreckage from the early 1500's. In the first half of the book, drawings, maps, and diagrams detail the ship's recovery, as clues to the past are pieced together, and a story emerges. In the style of a journal, the second half of the book chronicles in great detail the building of the ship called Magdalena. Recommended for ages 12 to 14.

    Elizabeth I by Kathryn Lasky

    62940: Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
    By Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema / HarperCollins

    How did a man from an unremarkable family create an unforgettable legacy? While much of William Shakespeare's life is unknown, this dramatic illustrated story shares what historians do know of how he became so famous in London centuries ago. Your students will be captivated as they learn about the mysterious Bard of Avon! 45 pages, softcover from Mulberry.

    Tales from Shakespeare (as above)

    Galileo and the Magic Numbers

    91400: Johannes Kepler, Sower Series Johannes Kepler, Sower Series
    By Mott Media, Llc

    Johannes Kepler considered his vast scientific studies as another way of looking into God's magnificent creation. He often became so excited with his discoveries that he would write songs of praise to God along with recording his findings in his scientific journals! In all of history there has never been another man like Johannes Kepler. A listing of his many accomplishments could not do justice to the exciting facts of his life. For ages 9 to 13.

    Homeschool History Curriculum Living Books Years 9-12

    Trial and Triumph (as above)

    Le Morte d'Arthur - Many modern Arthurian writers have used Thomas Malory(1405-1471) as their source, including T. H. White for his popular The Once and Future King. This link is to the Librivox.org audio file and Gutenberg e-text. It has both Volume 1 (15 hrs) and Vol 2 (19hrs).

    60364: Don Quixote Don Quixote
    By Miguel de Cervantes / Wordsworth Editions Ltd

    A deranged gentleman who tilts at windmills and battles with sheep in service of the lady of his dreams, this think knight and his fat squire, Sancho Panza, parodies the books of chivalry so popular in Cervantes' days. Comedy and tragedy, this edition was translated by Peter Motteux in the 18th century. 771 pages, softcover.

    563426: Don Quixote                                 - Audiobook on CD Don Quixote - Audiobook on CD
    By Miguel de Cervantes / Oasis Audio Llc

    In the world of literature, Don Quixote is the classic story. Generally regarded as the first modern novel, this marvelous book has stood the test of time to become irrevocably intertwined with the fabric of society. It earns a special place in the hearts and minds of all who read it.
    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote is so captivated by the chivalrous stories he reads that he decides to pursue bold aventures of his own. Accompanied by his squire Sancho Panza, Quixote takes to the roads, determined to fight evil and help those unable to help themselves. But Quixote's whims, fed by his own delusional fantasies, lead to more trouble than triumph.
    At once a humorous, romantic, and sad tale, Don Quixote is a literary landmark that no person should miss. This fresh translation by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the novel to life as never before. Unabridged. Read by George Guidall. 35 CDs. 40.5 hours.

    870426: By Right of Conquest By Right of Conquest
    By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

    The Conquest of Mexico is the ground-work of this story, which is interwoven with the adventures of an English youth. He is beset by many perils, but by a ruse he obtains the protection of the Spaniards. After the fall of Mexico he succeeds in regaining his native shore, with a fortune and a charming Aztec bride. 400 pages, softcover.

    002386: Utopia Utopia
    By Thomas More / Yale University Press

    This book, from its first appearance in 1516, has been one of the germinal works in Western thought and remains even today, in its essential modernity, stimulating and controversial. This edition is based on the text prepared as Volume 4 in The Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St.Thomas More and includes an Introduction by Father Surtz which summarizes the import of Utopia for the general reader. Notes are provided as explanatory comment on the text. The accuracy of the translation ensures that the volume can be used by the historian, literary scholar, the social and politcal scientist, and the student of utopoian thought.

     

    Stories from The Faerie Queen - The Fairie Queene by Edmund Spencer is a masterpiece of English poetry. However the original text is very difficult to follow for modern readers because of the archaic language and spelling. To the rescue comes Mary Macleod. Her late Victorian retelling in straightforward modern English allows one to plow through Spenser's intricate and allegorical plot. If you are planning to read the Faerie Queene, or want to understand the narrative but don't have the time or patience to tangle with an epic poem in early modern English, you've come to the right place. The above link takes you to the Stories from The Faerie Queene

    I haven't read this biographical novel about Michelangelo, and as it has over 770 pages, it may take quite a while. Not sure if your student would want to tackle it. I am unsure of the content, but the reviews looked interesting. Your judgement.

    171357: The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
    By Irving Stone / Signet

    The passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time - the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring Popes, the all-powerful de'Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola... His loves - the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de'Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love, his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna... His genius - a God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known...

    luther 95 theses - a link to the 95 Theses by Martin Luther

    Luther and His Katie

    43685: The Hawk That Dares Not Hunt by Day The Hawk That Dares Not Hunt by Day
    By Scott O'Dell / Journeyforth

    The year is 1525 and books written by reformers like Martin Luther are being burned all over Europe. For Tom Barton, who smuggles such books into England, the ban is an opportunity to make money. But when Tom meets William Tyndale, who defies the king and distributes Bibles to the common people, he realizes that the Reformation is more than a money-maker and that spreading God's Word is worth risking one's life. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

    21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible - this book is out of print, but perhaps you can find a second hand copy.

    871058: St. Bartholomew"s Eve St. Bartholomew's Eve
    By Robinson Books

    The hero, Philip Fletcher, is a right true English lad, but he has a French connection on his mother's side. This kinship induces him to cross the Channel in order to take a share in the Huguenot wars. Naturally, he sides with the Protestants, distinguishes himself in various battles, and receives rapid promotion for the zeal and daring with which he carries out several secret missions. 402 pages, hardcover.

    Cue for Treason

    871652: Under Drake"s Flag Under Drake's Flag
    By Robinson Books

    A story of the days when England and Spain struggled for the supremacy of the sea, the heroes sail as lads with Drake in the Pacific expedition. A great voyage of circumnavigation, with excellent history detail! 384 pages, hardcover.

    Shakespeare's plays can be studied at this time
    67234: Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays
    By Peter J. Leithart / Canon Press

    An excellent introduction to one of the world's greatest literary masters! Offering a Christian interpretation of Shakespeare's works, Leithart examines the biblical overtones found in six of the Bard's best-known comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. Thought-provoking study questions, suggested essay topics, and informative reviews of film versions of the plays appear at the end of each chapter. 286 pages, softcover from Canon.

    67099: Huguenot Garden Huguenot Garden
    By Douglas Jones III / Canon Press

    In 1685, La Rochelle was already an old and graceful city, despite its high, thick walls. It was a stronghold--and home--for thousands of Huguenots. Your 9- to 12-year-olds will enjoy following the daily episodes of twin sisters Renee and Albret Martineau, and will learn about the joys and hardships of 17th-century life amid political turmoil and religious persecution.

     

    870396: By England"s Aid By England's Aid
    By Robinson Books

    "By England's Aid" is the story of two English lads who go to Holland as pages in the service of one of "the fighting Veres." After many adventures by sea and land, one of the lads finds himself on board a Spanish ship at the time of the defeat of the Armada, and escapes only to fall into the hands of the Corsairs. He is successful in getting back to Spain, and regains his native country after the capture of Cadiz. 400 pages, hardcover.

    Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians

    Homeschool History Teacher Resource Books Renaissance and Reformation

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    674008: The Story of Liberty (A Christian History Text) The Story of Liberty (A Christian History Text)
    By Charles C. Coffin / Maranatha Publications, Inc

    "...if truly God had specific plans for this country and the people who were to inhabit it, have God's plans reached their fulfillment? Does America still have a rendezvous with destiny? Is there yet a generation to come forth from this nation which will turn the hearts of not only its countrymen back to the living God, but hte hearts of the world as well? It is with this in mind that we have endeavored to republish Carles Coffin's The Story of Liberty, originally published in 1879.

    The Story of Liberty is not America's story alone. It belongs to all those who are enjoying freedom and liberty in any part of the world. And it belongs to all nations that will yet serve Him. As we reach back into the records of history to observe the hand of the Great Author of all liberty, we will find direction for the days ahead and discover the keys we need to understand and interpret the future. As we look at that which preceded our nation's history and led to its founding, we will begin to have an idea of what liberty cost those who love the truth and how much still is at stake. We cannot neglect the present and hope to enjoy in the future the blessings of the past. Liberty was purchased by Christian courage, self-sacrifice, and unceasing vigilance. Only by these virtues can we hope to keep it. We must, by God's grace, be as determined to protect our liberties as our forefathers were to win them. 'Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.'" (Gal. 5:1 KJV).

    18089: How Now Shall We Live? Hardcover How Now Shall We Live? Hardcover
    By Charles Colson / Tyndale House

    With real, inspiring stories of faith in action, How Now Shall We Live? encourages readers to present the gospel in a way that will capture the imaginations, minds and hearts of a culture that is entrenched in the lies of relativism and self-before it's too late.

    0786645: Foxe"s Book of Martyrs Foxe's Book of Martyrs
    By Baker

    With millions of copies in print, Foxe's Book of Martyrs has become a classic of magnificent courage and faith. This unparalleled volume chronicles the tragic yet triumphant stories of men and women who faced torture and martyrdom rather than deny their vision of truth and of God. Beginning with Jesus Christ, this exceptional historical record traces the roots of religious persecution through the sixteenth century. It examines the heroic lives of great men and women such as John Hus, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Anne Askew, Lady Jane Grey, and Martin Luther. John Foxe also knew persecution. Forced to flee from his native England to Europe during Queen Mary's severe persecution of those holding Reformed views, he carefully compiled records of martyred Christians. His writings possess a sense of immediacy and insight into suffering that few "objective" church historians can match. This edition has been streamlined and reorganized by W. Grinton Berry to present work in today's language.

    Italian Renaissance (living history) - I do love this beautiful series.

    25772: Streams of Civilization, Volume 2 Streams of Civilization, Volume 2
    By Garry Moes / Christian Liberty Press

    This book covers the events of world history with an emphasis on European and American culture since the Reformation. Each chapter traces a particular theme within a particular time period. The principal themes include the history of Christianity and philosophy with their results in culture, politics, economics, society, science, and technology. A time line at the beginning of each chapter will help the reader to see the chronological relationships between the events discussed in the text. Throughout the text, particular points of interest, focusing on specific individuals and events, provide further information. Maps and photographs, as well as artwork of a particular period, add to the overall impact of the book. Thought-provoking questions given at the end of each chapter will encourage students to think through the Christian implications of the material and its relevance for today's world. In addition, a list of important words and concepts at the end of the chapter will aid the student in focusing on the most significant ideas discussed in the chapter. Suggested projects can also enliven the topics being covered as a particular activity is carried out by an individual or a class. A reading list is provided to suggest resources for further study; an extensive index will also enable the student to use the book for reference in years to come.

    457840: The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Revised Edition The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Revised Edition
    By Houghton-mifflin

    The past never felt so present! Exploring world history throughout 10 chronological periods from 40,000 B.C. to 2003, this newly updated resource overflows with fascinating facts, in-depth articles, and at-a-glance summaries that bring the story of civilization to life. Brimming with lavish full-color artwork and punctuated with lists of important events---plus online links for further information---it offers a can't-put-down gallery of learning. (Includes some discussion of evolution.) 491 pages, hardcover.

    67234: Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays
    By Peter J. Leithart / Canon Press

    An excellent introduction to one of the world's greatest literary masters! Offering a Christian interpretation of Shakespeare's works, Leithart examines the biblical overtones found in six of the Bard's best-known comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. Thought-provoking study questions, suggested essay topics, and informative reviews of film versions of the plays appear at the end of each chapter. 286 pages, softcover from Canon.

    77352: The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and  Renaissance Literature The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
    By C.S. Lewis / Cambridge University Press

    The Discarded Image paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the middle ages and renaissance. It describes the 'image' discarded by later years as 'the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organisation of their theology, science, and history into a single, complex, harmonious mental model of the universe'. This, Lewis' last book, has been hailed as 'the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind'.

    Renaissance and Reformation Homeschool History Curriculum Spinebooks

    The Story of Liberty - important to use in your study of the time period.

    60324: The World of Columbus and Sons The World of Columbus and Sons
    By Genevieve Foster / Beautiful Feet Books

    The World of Columbus & Sons sets American history into a world-wide context. Short, beautifully written stories explain what was going on during the main segments of Columbus's life. Looking at the years from 1451-1539, learn about Prince Henry the Navigator, Ivan III of Russia, Gutenberg, Queen Isabella, Leonardo da Vinci, Mohammed II, the African ruler Nomi Mansa, Martin Luther, Erasmus, Albrecht D|rer, Copernicus, Michaelangelo and many others. Told in Foster's engaging and winsome style enhanced by her helpful chronologies and timelines, readers will learn of the religious, cultural and scientific changes that ushered in a new frontier of exploration and discovery. 406 pages, softcover. 7th Grade and up.

    Greenleaf's Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation
    339092: Story of the World Vol. 2: The Middle Ages, Revised, Softcover Story of the World Vol. 2: The Middle Ages, Revised, Softcover
    By Susan Wise Bauer / Peace Hill Press

    Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World, Vol 2: The Middles Ages covers from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary school children in grades 1-4. This book is also appropriate for grades 5-8 to read independently. This new, revised edition contains new maps, illustrations and timelines. 416 indexed pages, softcover.

    Topics covered include:

  • Fall of Rome
  • Christianity Comes to Britain
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • The Rise of Islam
  • The Great Kings of France
  • The Viking Invasion
  • The Age of Crusades
  • The Diaspora
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • Exploring New Worlds
  • Martin Luther
  • The Renaissance
  • and more!
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    339119: Story of the World, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages, Audio CD Set Story of the World, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages, Audio CD Set
    By Susan Wise Bauer / Peace Hill Press

    Award-winning storyteller Weiss brings Bauer's best-selling history to life for your elementary age students. They'll hear about the fall of Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Viking Invasions, The Ottoman Empire, Renaissance and more. Perfect for schooling-on-the-go, auditory learners, and as a fun, unique way to "do school." Unabridged. Approximately 11 hours on 9 CDs.

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    412449: Story of the World, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages Activity Book, Rev. Story of the World, Vol. 2: The Middle Ages Activity Book, Rev.
    By W W Norton

    Don't just read through Story of the World...experience it! Accompanying Volume 2, The Middle Ages, each chapter features encyclopedia cross-references, review questions with answers, narration exercises, and crafts to illustrate various concepts and bring the past to life. Mini and full-page maps with rivers and seas are included, as well as reproducible pages, games, cut-outs, coloring pages, lists of literature readings and color-in review cards. 180 pages, softcover.

    921790: Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries: Full Family Curriculum Pack Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries: Full Family Curriculum Pack
    By Diana Waring / Answers In Genesis

    Delve right into some of the most tumultuous times in history with Diana Waring's bestselling Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries. Incorporating God's purpose alongside historical facts, students will learn to apply a biblical perspective to every aspect of the past. Technology, medicine, philosophy and theology were growing in leaps and bounds during the time from AD 30-1799; learn through hands-on activities, exciting reading selections, audio CDs and activities that will engage students of every learning style. Grades 6-12.

    This Kit Includes:

  • Teacher's Guide
  • Student Manual
  • Testing Kit
  • Elementary Activity Book
  • What in the World?, Vol. 2
  • True Tales, Vol. 2
  • Digging Deeper, Vol. 2
  • Glory, Laud, and Honor CD
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    667106: H.A. Guerber: The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation H.A. Guerber: The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation
    By Christine Miller & Charlotte Yonge / Nothing New Press

    jOriginally written in the early 19th century, H.A. Guerber's historical readers will give young children an exciting, narrative look at the human past. Writing from the conviction of biblical accuracy in all of history, events and cultures are dated according to the bible and an emphasis on God's sovereignty through Western history runs throughout. Children will appreciate the story like style as they hear of the great men and civilizations in chapters that are easy to digest, though they still retain a large vocabulary. Historical illustrations are used throughout.

    The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation highlights the important developments in thought, art and technology during the era. Medieval Europe, Martin Luther, Ferdinand and Isabella and other important people and events are mentioned through England at the beginning of the Civil War. 298 indexed pages, softcover.


    Written for younger children in a delightful narrative, A Child's History of the World is considered to be a classic written by V.M.Hillyer. However, it does begin in an evolutionary way.

    A Child's History of Art (as above)

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    Tapestry of Grace : Year Two - Your Guide from the Medieval World to the Modern.

    Unit Two of this Year Two Tapestry of Grace Curriculum covers the Renaissance and Reformation. Many homeschool families who use TOG take more time with this unit. It is written as a ten week unit, but it really is impossible to move through this period in a thorough way so quickly.

    Read some Tapestry of Grace Reviews.

    TruthQuest Homeschool History Curriculum
    What I really love about TruthQuest History is ..... Read more about Truthquest History in my overview of this time period.

    884007: TruthQuest History: Renaissance/Reformation/Exploration TruthQuest History: Renaissance/Reformation/Exploration
    By Michelle Miller / Truth Quest History

    History may seem murky, but only because we wrongly focus on the long corridor of human actions. History is really a door to God Himself!

    God created mankind and his times. He is the initiator; we are the responders. So, it is first God's truths and then our responding beliefs which shape all of history: government, philosophy, art, architecture, literature, scientific thinking, economics, law, and the value placed on human life itself.

    TruthQuest History opens the door to it all by bringing together worldview wisdom, literature recommendations, and chronology... all in a fascinating storyline of spiritual context!

    How? Picture your family reclining in a comfy boat. The current of TruthQuest History carries you... because each topic has its own powerful commentary and reading list. Your children do not just visit times... they understand them! They do not just read... they see cause-and-effect truth!

    Whatever your style, TruthQuest History can benefit you. It follows key Charlotte Mason and Classical resources, and assists unit-study and unschooling familes exploring an era. TruthQuest History even helps you teach your own theology and choose your own resources! Adaptable for all grades.

    Spiralbound, 115 pages plus appendices: Think/Write Responses, detailed booklist.

    Spiral bound, 115 pages, plus appendices: Think/Write Responses, detailed booklist.

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    Mystery of History Medieval Homeschool History Curriculum
    427060: The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and  the Middle Ages The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
    By Linda Lacour Hobar / Bright Ideas Press

    Your students will discover how God continually reveals himself in this big-picture look at world events from Pentecost to the printing press. User-friendly format features lively text, quizzes and tests, reviews, projects and activities, timeline and mapping assignments, answer keys, reproducible student pages, and more. It's classical, chronological---and complete! Grades 4 to 8. 704 pages, softcover.

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    392264: The Mystery of History Volume 2 Audio Book Set (12 Audio CDs) The Mystery of History Volume 2 Audio Book Set (12 Audio CDs)
    By Linda Lacour Hobar / The Mystery Of History, Inc.

    Listen along to the thrilling story of the Mystery of History Volume II! This 12-CD set features the Mystery of History Volume 2 stories read by author Linda Lacour Hobar and set to music. Read the text along with the CDs, or simply listen. Perfect for families on-the-go, with auditory learners, or who simply enjoy listening to an excellent narration! These CDs contain narrated lessons only, and do NOT include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises, or other similar items in the textbooks.

    Total listening time: 13 hours, 58 minutes

    This CD is based on the The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages textbook.

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    427058: The Mystery of History, Volume 2 Reproducibles on CD-ROM The Mystery of History, Volume 2 Reproducibles on CD-ROM
    By Bright Ideas Press

    Accompanying The Mystery of History Volume 2, this reproducible CD-ROM includes pre-tests, post-tests, quarterly worksheets, semester tests, individual maps, and all appendices. No more racing to the copy shop! 1 CD-ROM.

    Veritas Press History and Bible Cards

    Historical Sources - Primary Source Books

    444092: Alfred the Great Alfred the Great
    By Translated with an Introduction by Simon Keynes & M. Lapidge / Penguin Putnam Inc.

    The reign of King Alfred the Great (871-99) is among the most stirring periods of English history. As king of Wessex, he strove to emulate those kings of the past who, in his own words, had 'succeeded both in warfare and in wisdom.' He led the battle against the Viking invaders of England, and presided over the revival of religion and learning among his people: his reputation is a measure of his success.
    Asser was a monk of St. David's, in Ales, who entered King Alfred's service and eventually became Bishop of Sherborne. His Life of King Alfred, written in 893, is a remarkable account of the king's activities in peace and war, and testifies to the admiraction that Alfred inspired in those around him.

    .You can also find free primary source texts at Gutenberg
    60099X: Le Morte D"Arthur Le Morte D'Arthur
    By Thomas Malory / Random House, Inc

    The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature - from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was published some fourteen years later, in 1485, by William Caxton. The tales, steeped in the magic of Merlin, the powerful cords of the chivalric code, and the age-old dramas of love and death, resound across the centuries. The stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristam and Isolde seem astonishingly moving and modern. Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur endures and inspires because it embodies mankind's deepest yearnings: for brotherhood and community; a love worth dying for; and valor, honor, and chivalry.

    . This year our Drama group is involved in The Canterbury Tales play - a modern version. It has been a great introduction.
    424385: The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales
    By Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by Nevill Coghill / Penguin Classics

    In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition within a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury Tales offers us an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of medieval England.
    Nevill Coghill's masterly and vivid modern English verse translation is rendered with consummate skill to retain all the vigour and poetry of Chaucer's fourteenth century Middle English.

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    440577: The Travels The Travels
    By Marco Polo / Penguin Classics

    Despite piracy, shepwreck, brigandage, and wild beasts, Polo moved in a world of highly organized commerce. This chronicle of his travels through Asia, whether read as fact or fiction, is alive with adventures, geographical information, and descriptions of natural phenomena.

    Hands-On-Project Books for Renaissance and Reformation

    239085: Journal of Inventions: Leonardo da Vinci Journal of Inventions: Leonardo da Vinci
    By Silver Dolphin Books

    Exquisitely designed, young scientists and historians alike will take pleasure in this pop-up book of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions. Reproductions of his famous notebook drawings have "handwritten" notes alongside them that explain da Vinci's thought processes behind his ideas, how his ideas worked, and detailed descriptions about how the various elements of his inventions worked. Discover his thoughts on his flying machine, hydraulics, architecture, war machines (such as catapaults), and mechanical inventions, and even a mechanical man (automaton)! The archival-look pages feature pop-ups, flaps to open, pull tabs, and other interactive features that offer fascinating insights into the thoughts of a man far ahead of his time. Ages 10 & up.

    593171: Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience the Middle Ages Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience the Middle Ages
    By Avery Hart / Ideals Publications Inc

    Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Announcing a Magical Invitation You are hereby invited on a magical journey to the Middle Ages of Europe, time traveling to the early days of knights and castles. To get there, you'll have to go through the "gates of imagination." Through the power of arts, crafts, music, math, feasting, and fantasy, you'll do what kids did then, and more. Along the way, you can compare "Then and Now," to discover how life has changed or stayed the same. But traveler, be prepared! The Middle Ages were troubled times of extremes and opposites. Like black and white squares on a chessboard, they were years of clashing conflicts, of wonders and horrors. A bold knight might pray for his victim and then chop off his head! Now that's extreme! You'll discover why the Early Middle Ages used to be called the Dark Ages. Without the bright light of learning, people can make terrible mistakes. Still, good times are part of every period of history, and the kids of the Middle Ages had fun just as you do today! So look for some silly surprises along the way. Now, pack up your curiosity, and get ready to explore! Soon you'll be making, doing, singing, and playing your way back in time- back to the days of knights and castles!

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    972026: History Through the Ages CD-Rom Set Creation to Present History Through the Ages CD-Rom Set Creation to Present
    By Homeschool In The Woods

    Timelines are a wonderful way to see all history at a glance! They help visualize the procession of time and how one event spurts on another. They also help you see history by the slice - what was happening at various places in the world at the same time. Timelines help the most visual of learner grasp the abstract idea of "time" in a hands-on way.

    Your kinesthetic learner will benefit from the cutting and coloring of figures. They are wonderful for the auditory learner as each figure has a descriptive text to remember key points of each person or event. Best of all, they inspire a love of learning about the people and events that made a mark in the world, reinforcing that knowledge by taking part in putting the "puzzle" of history together.

    CD 1 includes PDF pages of all the figures in the History Through the Ages Timelines sets:

    • Creation to Christ
    • Resurrection to Revolution
    • Napoleon to Now
    • America's History
    CD 2 includes:
    • For advanced projects, a gallery of GIFS of more than 1,260 timeline images
    • Over 30 helpful categories, stored in web browser format: chronological, alphabetical, and several classifications that help make topical studies a breeze!
    Windows® and Macintosh® Compatible. Acrobat® Reader Required.

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