Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire: Crash Course World History #219

Charles V was the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire during its (arguably) most tumultuous period: the Protestant Reformation. Examine Charles V's rise to power, lofty objectives, and ultimate failure with a video from Crash Course World History.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members map out a family tree of the ancestors of Charles V
  • Delineate the claims and relationships between Charles V, King Henry VIII, and Francis I
Classroom Considerations
  • References smoking as a high school student in the first minute of the video
  • Background knowledge of European history and geography
  • Pause periodically to cover concepts that the video glosses over, including the Diet of Worms
  • Comment section is open to the public
  • An excellent resource to accompany a unit on the Holy Roman Empire
  • Though quick, the narration is engaging and funny
  • None