The Christianization of Early Medieval Europe

History 280B/285B

Spring 2018
Section: 
2
Instructor: 
Location: 
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 9-12
Units: 
4

This seminar will deal with a variety of both classic and novel interpretations of the process of Christianization, beginning in the Gallic and early Frankish period (5th – early 7th centuries) but concentrating on the Carolingian empire, Anglo-Saxon England, and 10th- and 11th-century France and Germany. We will focus particularly on pastoral care; lay piety (particularly the piety of women); missionizing; the relationship between bishops and rural clergy; the thickening network of churches; and local, para-Christian beliefs and practices. Readings will include primary and secondary sources in English, French, German, and Latin; however, readings have been selected so that students can manage with just two of these languages.

  • 280B: Class #32885
  • 285B: Class #25035