Course Outline:

Unit 1: Political Power

Week 1:

Thursday 9/1: Intro Class: Explanatory Frameworks and History

Week 2:

Monday 9/5: Roman Emperors, Barbarian Kings, and the End of the Empire


Rosenwein, Short History: 19-24; 40-60.

Why Study History Through Primary Sources

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:

The Devastation of the Goths in the Reign of Gallienus

Thursday 9/8: Byzantium and the Islamic Empire


Rosenwein, Short History: 61-75; 101-117.

Accounts of the Arab Conquest of Egypt, 642 CEI

*Ibn Abd-el-Hakem: The Islamic Conquest of Spain

Arabs, Franks, and the Battle of Poitiers (Tours): Three Accounts, 732 CE

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

Liutprand of Cremona (c.922-c.972): Report on Mission to Constantinople, 963, excerpts

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, “Dreaming of the Middle Ages,” in Travels in Hyperreality, 61-71 (and 73-88 optional). [Reserve]

Week 3:

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, “The Tyranny of a Construct: Feudalism and Historians of Medieval Europe,” in The American Historical Review Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct., 1974), pp. 1063-1088.

Fulbert of Chartres: Letter on mutual obligations, 1020.

*Agreement between Count William V of Aquitaine and Hugh IV of Lusignan.

Canute the Great: Granting of Fiefs, 1028

Week 4:

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.

Declaration of the Powers of the Count of Toul over the City of Toul, 1069

Guibert of Nogent (1053-1124): Communal Revolt in Laon, 1115

William Clito, Count of Flanders: Charter for Town of St. Omer, 1127

Charter of Lorris

*Ipswich: Account of the Setting up of Self-Government, 1200

*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

The Arte della Lana & The Government of Florence, 1224

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527): Founding a Republic, Excerpt from Discourses I,

Medievalism: Borges, Inferno I.32 and Paradiso XXXI.108 from Dreamtigers.

Material: City Plans of Various Medieval Towns; [Courses]

Week 5:

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

Treaty of Troyes, 1420 and Conditions in France in 1422

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:

Alcacovas, Sept 4, 1479

Tordesillas, June 7, 1494

Madrid, May 7, 1495

Music: Guillaume Dufay, Supremum est Mortabilis (track 12)and O tres piteulx (track 6)

Poem: Alamgir Hashmi, “In Cordoba”

Friday 9/30 - Midnight: First Paper Due

Unit 2: The Medieval Church

Week 6:

Monday 10/3: The Christenization of Rome


Rosenwein, Short History: 24-32.

Porphyry: Against the Christians

Eusebius: Ecclesiastical History - conversion of Constantine

Theodosian Code XVI.i.2: Banning of Other Religions (379-395)

Jews and the Later Roman Law 315-531

Ambrose: Letter to Theodosius 390 - rebuke for massacre

St. Jerome: Against Vigilantius

Film: Buñuel, Luis, Simon of the Desert. [Reserve]

Also available in sections (parts 1-4):

And for fun, too, there’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

*Life of Balthildis

More information on Balthildis

*Material: Runestones in Uppsala, Morby, and Oland, Sweden, and Jelling, Denmark

Optional Medievalism: Seamus Heaney, Sweeney Astray or “Sweeney Redivivus” in Station Island. [Reserve]

Week 7:

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

*Charter of Abbey of Cluny

*Cistercian Order: Charta Caritatis.

Liutprand of Cremona (c.922-c.972): Report on Mission to Constantinople, 963

Synod of Charroux: Peace of God Proclaimed, 989.

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.

The Testament of Saint Francis, 1226

*The Rule of the Franciscan Order

*Music: Perotin, Examples of 4 part organum

Umberto Eco, “In Praise of Saint Thomas,” in Travels in Hyperreality, 257-268. [Reserve]

Film: Andrei Rublev, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky [Reserve]

Week 8:

Monday 10/17: Hendricks Days

Thursday 10/20: The Great Schism and the Proto-Reformations


Rosenwein, Short History: 324-326; 342-349.

*The Condemnation of Wycliffe, 1382 and Wycliffe's Reply, 1384

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, “Madrid” in Spain in Our Hearts [Courses]

Friday 10/21 - Midnight: Second Paper Due

Unit 3: Economy and Daily Life

Week 9:

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

Gregory I the Great (r.590-604):: Succession to Tenant Holdings on
Church Land, c. 600

Sale & Transfer of an Estate, 704

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

Accounts of the Routes of the Jewish Merchants to the East, 847

King Louis the Child of Germany: An Inquiry into the Tolls of Raffelstettin, c. 905

Ibn Fadlan. Risala 921 CE

The Annals of Xanten, 845-853

*Three Sources on the Ravages of the Northmen in Frankland, c. 843 - 912

*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]

Week 10:

Monday 10/31: “Feudalism” (again) - Life in the 10th Century

Reading(Angelique Krohn):

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

*Material: The Agricultural Calendar; Look especially at Ploughing and Sowing

Thursday 11/3: Europe’s Economic Revival


Rosenwein, Short History: 177-187.

Privileges Granted to German Merchants at Novgorod, 1229

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

Grants of Privileges at London to the Hanse of Cologne, 1157-1194

*Siegfried, Archbishop of Bremen: Remittance of the "Hanse", 1181

Waldemar the Victorious: Grant of Privileges to Men of Lübeck, 1203

Grant of a House at Riga to the Men of Lübeck, 1231

Lübeck and Hamburg Treaty, 1241

*Coinage Agreement Between Hamburg & Lübeck, 1255

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

Week 11:

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

Pistoia, "Ordinance for Sanitation in a Time of Mortality "

*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.

*“Additiouns to the Boke of Sir John Mandeville ” 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.

Week 12:

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 Gre
gory or read one of the four branches of the Mabinogion.

Week 13:

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.

B) The Zohar, The Letters, Beresheet A - sections 1-5, and Safra Det'zniuta - all.

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!

Week 14:

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 – Entries for:

“Liturgy and Liturgical Books” (stop at Reformation section)

“Plainchant” 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 -

Entries for "Middle Ages - Secular Music," "Troubadours," "Trouveres," and "Minnesingers."

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 Liturgy” playlist):

Several examples of anonymous plainchant

plainchant: Viderunt Omnes

Leonin: Viderunt Omnes – two part organum

Perotin: Viderunt Omnes – 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


Pick One Ruler (they're all related!): - Readings Coming...
Eleanor of Aquitaine:
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.
EBRARY - must be looked up.

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).
EBRARY - must be looked up.

Finally, THIS actually has all three of these people on it if you look hard enough (though Berenguela is given a different spelling - Berengaria).

Week 15:

Monday 12/5: Final words on Medievalism…

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.

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