History 101.002

Fall 2005
Instructor (text): 
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 12:30-2

This course will explore the complex social, political, and cultural world of European palace life in the Renaissance and Baroque period (1400-1700). The emphasis of the readings will be on Italy, Spain, and France but students with interests in other parts of Europe or the Mediterranean world are also welcome. We will be paying particular attention to the palaces as centers of political theater, urbanism, noble patronage, social and intellectual formation, and the production of material culture. The seminar will be treated very much as a workshop. Students will focus on particular cities or courts but with the aim of working through common interpretive problems and discovering points of contrast and dissonance in the life of European palace culture. Students with other interests in Early Modern Europe are welcome, but should consult with the instructor before enrolling