From elaborate illuminated manuscripts to magnificent cathedrals, the period between around 800 and 1400 in Europe was far from being Dark Ages. We will examine this medieval world, focusing on art and architecture, as presented in Great Courses, A History of European Art, but taking many side trips along the way. We will explore together additional works of art and architecture, and enhance our survey to include historical context, developments in religious and secular music, and great works of literature from chivalric romance to Dante and Bocaccio. In contrast to our previous presentation-based, in-class sessions, discussions of reading and viewing assignments will be paramount. Our virtual-learning format and smaller enrollment make it imperative that each member prepare for and fully engage in discussions, serve as occasional discussion leader, and/or give short presentations (we will provide technical support so you can focus on content). Reading and viewing assignments will be posted on Canvas. Required: use of a computer (preferred) or tablet (not smartphone) and Great Courses Plus subscription. Subscription gives you access to all Great Courses material, not just the material needed for this course. 14 day free trial available, then $20/month (or $15/month if on a quarterly plan). Subscription can be cancelled at any time. Canvas used extensively.