Classical Education Reading List: Medieval/Early Renaissance

2nd Graders should be studying Medieval/Early Renaissance times (400 – 1600). Stories should be read chronologically in order listed below. Read stories and poems by, about, or from the following:

Saint Augustine
Beowulf

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
~Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady by Hastings

Canterbury Tales:
~Chaucer the Cat and the Animal Pilgrims by Borlenghi
~The Canterbury Tales by McCaughrean
~The Fairie Queene by Edmund Spenser

William Shakespeare (all the plays):
~The Shakespeare Can Be Fun series by Burdett
~William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Coville
~William Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Coville
~William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Coville and Nolan
~Shakespeare Stories by Garfield
~Shakespeare Stories II by Garfield
~ Tales from Shakespeare by Lamb

The Inferno by Dante

King Arthur:
~Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory (look for retellings of the Arthur legend; most are based on Malory
~Knights of the Round Table by Gross
~The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur by Hodges

Erasmus
Martin Luthur
John Calvin
Sir Thomas Wyatt (sometimes shows up in stories about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn)
John Knox
Rene Descartes

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