Sophomore Seminar: Kings, Queens, and the Foundations of European Society|
Fall 2013 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, online, 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
Carloe Levin and P. Bucholz, Queens and Power
Michael Prestwich, EDWARD I
Francis Oakley, KINGSHIP. THE POLITICS OF ENCHANTMENT
DEEDS OF FREDRICK BARBAROSSA
Einhard, THE LIFE OF CHARLEMAGNE
Asser, LIFE OF ALFRED
Marc Bloch, THE ROYAL TOUCH
Dante, DE MONARCHIA
Sir John Fortescue, ONE THE LAWS AND GOVERNANCE OF ENGLAND
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two five-page papers, and a research paper, including submission of two research updates. There will be a mandatory visits to Special Collections and a research project on an early book.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Mandatory attendance, including sessions at Special Collections and library reference session. Three scheduled office hour visits with instructor through the semester. There will probably be two additional class meetings at times to be agreed upon once the semester begins to discuss the general process of doing research and developing historical writing.
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