Medieval Europe from the Investiture Conflict to the 15th Century

History 155B

Fall 2014
Instructor: 
Location: 
88 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P
CCN: 
39636
Units: 
4

This course will examine the profound economic, social, and spiritual changes that occurred in Western Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages.  The themes to be explored include the Crusades (the 7th Crusade of Louis IX and perhaps the 4th Crusade, which ended not in the Holy Land but with the conquest of Constantinople), Christian kingship, inquisitions and heresy (the Cathars), the radicalization of the Franciscans, the quality of the papacy's religious leadership, law courts and justice, the acceleration of commercial activity, the transformation of lay piety, and gender ("gender" meaning not simply women, but women, men, and men and women).  Above all, throughout the course, we will pay great attention to discovering whether or not we can discern the individuality of our authors.  Readings are largely from primary sources, with a textbook and a few short readings from secondary sources.  The format is mostly discussion woven into informal lectures, along with a formal weekly discussion section.  Requirements are a midterm, a final, and regular reader-response exercises.   One or two papers may be required; if so, then one or both exams will be shortened, the papers replacing one of the exam questions.  If papers are assigned, they will require an in-depth analysis of one of the primary sources read. 

Course Books

Mission of Friar William of Rubruck: His Journey to the court of the Great Con by Jackson, Peter, translator Hackett Pub Co. ISBN: 978-0872209817 Required
Introduction to Medieval Europe by Blockmans, Wim and Hoppenbrouwers, Peter Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415675864 Required
The Murder of Charles the Good by Galbert of Bruges Columbia University press. ISBN: 978-0231136716 Required
The Good Wife's Guide (Le Menagier de Paris): A medieval household book by Gina L. Greco and Christine M. Rose, translators Cornell University press. ISBN: 978-0801474743 Required
Eric and Enide by Chretien de Troyes University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520073463 Required
Eric and Enide by Chretien de Troyes University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520073463 Required
Chronicles of the Crusades by Villehardouin, Joinville Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140441246 Required
Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds by Jocelin of Brakelond Oxford. ISBN: 978-0199554935 Required