Medieval Society: Ways of life and Thought in Western Europe
This course looks closely at high and late medieval society and intellectual culture, from the tenth century to the sixteenth. The readings are focused on texts that allow the students to glimpse how people conceived of their world and approached religion, social relationships, love, and what it meant to live a good life, including Abelard, Aquinas, Andreas Capellanus, Galbert of Bruges, Reynard the Fox, and Christine de Pizan.
HIEU 1501 (1)
Introductory Seminar in European History
The course examines the rise of crusading in the Middle Ages and its evolution. We will look at the broad spectrum of Muslim-Christian relations and the social and intellectual context of the crusade phenomenon. This course will introduce students to how to write and read as a historian, particularly with reference to longer chronicles (Joinville, Fulcher de Chartres, ibn-Munqidh) and close-reading skills.