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:
“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 -
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 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.