Sophomore Seminar: Kings, Queens and the Foundations of European Society|
Fall 2006 not offered
This course examines the origins and development of monarchy, one of medieval Europe's most important institutional innovations and one of the bases for the formation of large scale nations, government, and the state. The course will survey ideas of monarchy, its ethical dimensions, and the role of individual monarchs from the 5th century until the 17th century. While special attention will be paid to the monarchies of Britain, the course will cover the entire European situation and comparison will be encouraged. Issues to be examined will include the significance of gender and the possibilities of queenship, the relation of monarchy to ideology and religion and dissent, and the ethical and practical qualities that made a good or effective king or queen. As a history sophomore seminar, the course promises to introduce students to historical questions and the methods for historical research both in the library, on-line, and in archival and special collections. Students will undertake a major research project into a monarch or a problem in monarchy's history.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Readings may include:
Bernard Guenee, STATES AND RULES IN LATER MEDIEVAL EUROPE
Michael Prestwich, EDWARD I
DEEDS OF FREDRICK BARBAROSSA
Einhard, THE LIFE OF CHARLEMAGNE
Asser, LIFE OF ALFRED
THE DEEDS OF HENRY V
Marc Bloch, THE ROYAL TOUCH
Dante, DE MONARCHIA
Sir John Fortescue, ONE THE LAWS AND GOVERNANCE OF ENGLAND
N. Machiavelli, THE PRINCE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One take-home examination, two five-page papers, and a research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Mandatory attendance, including sessions at Special Collections and library reference session.
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