HST302 Medieval Europe (1066–1453)
[3–0, 3 cr.]
This course concentrates on European history during the high and late Middle Ages. It may either provide a historical overview from the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, or offer a more thematic approach. Possible themes may include the Crusades, the founding of Europe’s great universities, the rise of scholasticism, Gothic architecture, the medieval guilds, the Italian city-states such as Florence and Venice and the Hundred Years War. Students will have the opportunity to engage with both secondary and primary sources, among which can be the works of great thinkers and writers such as Abelard, Thomas Aquinas, Boccaccio and Dante among many others, but also archaeological and material sources that reflect on everyday life in medieval Europe.