Medieval Europe

History 275B.002

Spring 2006
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 12-2

An introduction to the historiography of medieval Europe, emphasizing breadth of coverage and targeted to the kind of basic knowledge required for a graduate MA exam. Readings include works on early and later medieval Christianity, Christianization, monasticism, and heresy; social and economic history; political and institutional history (Merovingians, Carolingians, France, England); literacy and popular culture. Special attention is also paid to the way we can most productively read books and take notes that actually mean something to us later. Requirements: 1) two note-taking assignments; 2) two broadly analytic, formal essays (of the sort one would find on a written orals exam); 3) two essays applying a short supplementary reading to the core readings. Note that the meeting time may change depending on studentâ€_Äôs needs and available alternatives.

Core bibliography:

Ian Wood, The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751
Ian Wood, The Missionary Life
C.H. Lawrence, Medieval Monasticism (3 ed.)
Pierre Richâˆ_©, The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe
Georges Duby, The Early Growth of the European Economy
R. I. Moore, The First European Revolution c. 975-1215
Gerd Tellenbach, The Church in Western Europe from the 10th to the 12th c.
R. I. Moore, The Origins of European Dissent
R. N. Swanson, Religion and Devotion in Europe, c. 1215-c. 1515
Horst Fuhrmann, Germany in the High Middle Ages, c. 1050-1200
France in the Central Middle Ages, ed. Marcus Bull
Robert Bartlett, England under the Norman and Angevin Kings
Michael Clanchy, From Memory to Written Record
Lester Little, Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy
Stephen Justice, Writing and Rebellion: England in 1381
Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast, Holy Fast
Christopher Dyer, Standards of Living in the Later Middle Ages


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