Course Calendar (Syllabus of Readings)
Unit 1: Political Power
Thursday 9/1: Intro Class: Explanatory Frameworks and History
Monday 9/5: Roman Emperors, Barbarian Kings, and the End of the Empire
Rosenwein, Short History: 19-24; 40-60.
Salvian: Romasn and Barbarians, c. 440
*S. Apollinaris: "Country House Life in Gaul" and "A Visigothic King"
Priscus: On the Palace of Attila the Hun
*Jordanes (fl.c.550 CE): History of the Goths Chap. 20:
Thursday 9/8: Byzantium and the Islamic Empire
Rosenwein, Short History: 61-75; 101-117.
*Ibn Abd-el-Hakem: The Islamic Conquest of Spain
Al Maggari: Tarik's Address to His Soldiers, 711 CE, in The Breath of Perfumes.
Anonymous Arab Chronicler: The Battle of Poitiers (Tours), 732 CE
An Arab Ambassador in Constantinople, (late 10th Century).
Constantine VII Porphyrgenitus: De Administrando Imperio: Relations with Northern Peoples in the 10th Century
*Medievalism: Umberto Eco, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dreaming of the Middle Ages,Ã¢â‚¬Â in Travels in Hyperreality, 61-71 (and 73-88 optional). [Reserve]
Monday 9/12: Northern Successors of Rome
Rosenwein, Short History: 75-100; 118-125.
Annals of Lorsch: the Pope makes Pepin king
Einhard: Life of Charlemagne
Recording: Beowulf, Translated and Read by Seamus Heaney [Reserve]
Material: Ottonian Coronation Crown [viewed in Artstor Class Folder]
Thursday 9/15: The 10th Century - Breakdown of Public Authority
Rosenwein, Short History: 139-157; 161-176.
Steven Lane: Review of Susan Reynolds, Fief and Vassals
*Elizabeth Brown, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Tyranny of a Construct: Feudalism and Historians of Medieval Europe,Ã¢â‚¬Â in The American Historical Review Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct., 1974), pp. 1063-1088.
Fulbert of Chartres: Letter on mutual obligations, 1020.
Canute the Great: Granting of Fiefs, 1028
Monday 9/19: Investiture - the Crisis of Church and State
Rosenwein, Short History: 187-193.
*A Book Review of Mary Stroll, Symbols as Power: the Papacy Following the Investiture Controversy (Brill, 1991).
Gelasius: On the Two Powers
Annals of Lorsch: the Pope makes Pepin king
Gregory VII: Lay Investitures Forbidden, 1074
Henry IV: Letter to Gregory VII, Jan 24 1076
Gregory VII: Deposition of Henry IV, , Feb 22 1076.
Paschal II: Privilege of Feb 12, 1111.
Paschal II: Privilege of April 12, 1111
Concordat of Worms, 1122
Lateran III: Decree on Papal Elections.
*Frederick II: Statute in Favor of Princes 1231 [r. 1214-1250]
*Boniface VIII (r.1294-1303): Unam Sanctam
Boniface VIII (r.1294-1303): Clericis Laicos
Leo IV: (847-855): Forgiveness of Sins for Those Who Dies in Battle
John VIII: Indulgence for Fighting the Heathen, 878
Fulk of Chartres: The Capture of Jerusalem, 1099
Thursday 9/22: New Forms of Public Authority
Rosenwein, Short History: 196-203; 219-236.
Guibert of Nogent (1053-1124): Communal Revolt in Laon, 1115
William Clito, Count of Flanders: Charter for Town of St. Omer, 1127
*Philip Augustus: Suppression of Etampes Commune, 1199-1200
Bartolus of Sassoferrato: On the Tyrant, c.1330
The Chronicles of Venice: How the Doges were Chosen
NiccolÃƒÂ² Machiavelli (1469-1527): Founding a Republic, Excerpt from Discourses I,
Material: City Plans of Various Medieval Towns; [Courses]
Monday 9/26: Centralized States - England, France, and the 100 years war
Rosenwein, Short History: 275-281; 308-321; 324-327.
Henry II: The Constitutions of Clarendon, 1164
Henry II: The Assize of Clarendon, 1166
Roger of Wendover: Runneymede 1215
*The Magna Carta, 1215
St. Louis: Advice to His Son
*Abbott Suger: Life of Louis VI (1108-1137)
Jean Froissart: Battles of Crecy 1346, of Poitiers 1356
Anonimalle Chronicle: The English Peasant Revolt, 1381
Material: Coronation Crowns of England and France, 13th and 14th C. [Artstor]
Thursday 9/29: Renaissance Kings and the End of the Medieval World
Rosenwein, Short History: 342-349.
Philip Commnes, Portrait of Louis XI (c. 1498)
Three Treaties Signed Between Spain and Portugal:
Poem: Alamgir Hashmi, Ã¢â‚¬Å“In CordobaÃ¢â‚¬Â
Friday 9/30 - Midnight: First Paper Due
Unit 2: The Medieval Church
Monday 10/3: The Christenization of Rome
Rosenwein, Short History: 24-32.
Porphyry: Against the Christians
Theodosian Code XVI.i.2: Banning of Other Religions (379-395)
Jews and the Later Roman Law 315-531
St. Jerome: Against Vigilantius
Film: BuÃƒÂ±uel, Luis, Simon of the Desert. [Reserve]
Also available in sections (parts 1-4):
And for fun, too, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s:
Thursday 10/6: The Conversion of the North
Reading (Raina Workman):
Rosenwein, Short History, 80-100.
Rule of St. Columba, 6th Cent.
Life of Saint Columban, By the Monk Jonas, 7th C.
The Venerable Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English, Excerpts, 731
Optional Medievalism: Seamus Heaney, Sweeney Astray or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sweeney RedivivusÃ¢â‚¬Â in Station Island. [Reserve]
Monday 10/10: Reformers - From the Monastery to the Papacy
Reading (Lindsey Rundlett):
Rosenwein, Short History: 187-190; 193-195.
*The Rule of Saint Benedict, excerpts, ca. 530
*Cistercian Order: Charta Caritatis.
Drogo of Terouanne: Truce of God , 1063
Gregory VII: Dictatus Papae, 1075
Thursday 10/13: New Forms of Religious Expression
Reading (Robin Harney):
Rosenwein, Short History: 252-259; 280-295.
*Music: Perotin, Examples of 4 part organum
Umberto Eco, Ã¢â‚¬Å“In Praise of Saint Thomas,Ã¢â‚¬Â in Travels in Hyperreality, 257-268. [Reserve]
Film: Andrei Rublev, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky [Reserve]
Monday 10/17: Hendricks Days
Thursday 10/20: The Great Schism and the Proto-Reformations
Rosenwein, Short History: 324-326; 342-349.
Jan Hus (1372/73-1415): Final Declaration, July 1, 1415
*Martin Luther: Letter from Martin Luther to Pope Leo X
Alexander VI: Papal Bull: Inter Caetera, 1493
St. Francis Xavier: Letter on the Missions, to St. Ignatius de Loyola, 1549
Christopher Columbus: Letter to King and Queen of Spain, probably 1494
Poem: Pablo Neruda, Ã¢â‚¬Å“MadridÃ¢â‚¬Â in Spain in Our Hearts [Courses]
Friday 10/21 - Midnight: Second Paper Due
Unit 3: Economy and Daily Life
Monday 10/24: Mare Nostrum - The Decay of the Roman Economy
Rosenwein, Short History: 45-54; 75-85.
Procopius: The Roman Silk Industry, c. 550, from On the Wars
*Procopius: The Plague, 542, History of the Wars, II.xxii-xxxiii:
The Farmer's Law, 7-8th Century
Lecture: Peter Brown, Lecture on the Silk Road [youtube]
Thursday 10/27: Early Medieval Trade and Travel
Rosenwein, Short History: 125-126.
Capitulary of Frankfort: The Price of Staples, 794
Roger of Wendover: Treaty Between Charlemagne & Offa, 790
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Rent-payments in Kind and Coin, 852
King Harald Harfager of Norway (r. 860-930): Laws for Land Property
King Louis the Child of Germany: An Inquiry into the Tolls of Raffelstettin, c. 905
Ibn Fadlan. Risala 921 CE
*Material: Images of remains of the Oseberg Viking Ship, a model of an Arab shipping vessel, A Roman ship found at Nemi, and several drawings of a Carrack (heavy Italian trading ship) and of the Nina (a Caravel) and Santa Maria (a Carrack, also) of Christopher Columbus. [All at Artstor]
Monday 10/31: Ã¢â‚¬Å“FeudalismÃ¢â‚¬Â (again) - Life in the 10th Century
Rosenwein, Short History: 157-161; 237-244.
Codex Justinianus: Coloni Bound to the Soil, c. 530 [Xl.51.i]
Codex Justinianus: Children of Mixed Marriages, c. 530 [Xl.48.xxiv.]
Lullo, Archbishop of Mainz: On Traffic in Ecclesiastical Serfs, c. 755
Dagobert, King of the Franks: Grant of a Fair at St. Denis, 629
Otto I, Emperor: Grant of a Market at Bremen, 965
*Capitulary: De Villis 9th century
The Heimskringla: Northern Fairs, c. 998-1026
Frederick I Barbarossa: Grant of Two Fairs at Aachen, 1166
Thursday 11/3: EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Economic Revival
Rosenwein, Short History: 177-187.
The Great Fair at Thessalonica, (mid 12th Cent)
Humbert de Romans: On Markets & Fairs, c. 1270
Port of Arles: The Navigation Code, 1150
James I of Aragon: The Barcelona Navigation Act, 1227
James I of Aragon: Grant of Trade Privileges to Barcelona, 1232
*Siegfried, Archbishop of Bremen: Remittance of the "Hanse", 1181
Waldemar the Victorious: Grant of Privileges to Men of LÃƒÂ¼beck, 1203
Leges Henrici Primi: Law of Partnerships, c. 1109-1118
Partnership Agreements: For Foreign Trade, 1248
*Material: Coin hoard and Lead Container, 13th C. Colchester, England
Monday 11/7: The Crisis of the 14th Century
Rosenwein, Short History: 297-308; 319-324.
Josephus Flavius: The War of the Jews (Book VI, Chapter 3, Only)
Johannes of Trowkelowe: Annales: On the Famine of 1315
Giovanni Boccaccio: Decameron - Introduction, on Black Death
The Black Death and the Jews 1348-1349
*Marchione di Coppo Stefani: The Florentine Chronicle
Thursday 11/10: Globalization and the New World
Reading (Sam Auciello):
Rosenwein, Short History: 342-349.
*Sir John Mandeville: On Prester John, c. 1366
Vasco da Gama (1460-1524): Round Africa to India, 1497-1498 CE
Christopher Columbus: Selections from Journal, 1492.
*Ã¢â‚¬Å“Additiouns to the Boke of Sir John Mandeville Ã¢â‚¬Â at Chaucer Hath a Blog
Friday 11/11 - Midnight: Third Paper Due
Unit 4: Culture, Arts, and Other Topics
These five class days are flexible and open to a class vote. Students in the past have chosen topics ranging from music to paleography to popular religion. I am willing to do almost anything, though I do have my personal favorites.
Monday 11/14: Pre-Christian Celts - Society and Religion
Reading: (Choose one of the following options):
A) Cunliffe, The Celts, pp. 1-18 and 56-91
B) Cunliffe, The Celts, pp. 1-18 and 111-147
C) Green, The Celtic World, pp. 1-7 and any three other chapters (see particularly 23-26)
Both Cunliffe, The Celts, and Green, The Celtic World, are on RESERVE
Thursday 11/17: Folklore and Superstitions
Everyone read Archeology and Folklore - introduction (Available as a PDF on the main courses page).
Then choose either these excerpts from Gregory the Gregory or read one of the four branches of the Mabinogion.
Monday 11/21: Mysticism
Reading: (Again, one of three)
First everyone read the Dictionary of the Middle Ages Entry (it's short).
A) Pseudo Dionysius - On the Divine Names chap. 1 and 2, pp. 12-25; and Mystical Theology, pp. 84-91; also, at least look at Heavenly Hierarchy, and Ecclesiastical Hierarchy. Get a sense of their organization.
C) Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, chap. 1-15, pp. 2-35 and Margery Kempe, Book of Margery Kempe, Excerpts at Luminarium; But also check out the full text at the TEAMS website - it's in middle English.
Thursday 11/24: Thanksgiving!
Monday 11/28: Medieval Music - a very rapid survey
Reading: Everybody should do all the Listening. For Reading, Pick:
A) From the Oxford Music Online website Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Entries for:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Liturgy and Liturgical BooksÃ¢â‚¬Â (stop at Reformation section)
Ã¢â‚¬Å“PlainchantÃ¢â‚¬Â Only sections 1, 2, 5, and 6 (7 and 8 optional).
B) James Mckinnon, Medieval Music, Excerpts. [On Courses Server]
C) Also from the Oxford Music online -
LISTENING: From Naxos Music Library
Listen to the "Chant and Liturgy" and the "Secular Song and Dance" Playlists under playlists for Medieval Studies
(In the "Chant and LiturgyÃ¢â‚¬Â playlist):
Several examples of anonymous plainchant
plainchant: Viderunt Omnes
Leonin: Viderunt Omnes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ two part organum
Perotin: Viderunt Omnes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ four part organum
Plainchant: Pange Lingua
Song: Pange Lingua
Josquin, Motet: Pange Lingua
Several excerpts from works by Hildegard of Bingen
Machaut, Messe de Nostre Dame
(In the "Secular Song and Dance" Playlist):
Thursday 12/1: Court Drama and Nobles Behaving Badly
There is far too much written about Eleanor to pick a good excerpt. There are two biographies on RESERVE. Feel free to read a portion of either one along with this review of the more fantastic legends about her life.
And of course, she has a Facebook page...
Berenguela of Castille:
Salvador Martinez, Alfonso X, The Learned: A Biography, chap. 1. The chapter really is mostly about Berenguela.
Edward II of England:
Hamilton, Plantagenets: History of a Dynasty, chap. 3. (And perhaps enough of chap. 4 to find out about Isabella and Mortimer).
Finally, THIS actually has all three of these people on it if you look hard enough (though Berenguela is given a different spelling - Berengaria).
Monday 12/5: Final words on MedievalismÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Final Day of Class - Note! All essays that require final comments before the Thursday Portfolio Submission Deadline are due Today by class-time!
All remaining fourth papers for those not submitting a portfolio are due by Saturday at Midnight.