20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module explores the sources for one of the most dramatic and debated centuries in European history. The eleventh century was characterised by great violence - the first medieval burning of heretics, the First Crusade, the oppression of free peasant farmers - but also by cultural and economic development, as both commercial and intellectual exchange intensified, across and beyond the continent. We will use a range of sources to examine the role in these transformations played by Scottish queens, North African scholars, Byzantine courtiers, English bishops, Italian urban mobs, Icelandic voyagers, German popes and French peasants, amongst other figures. Throughout our investigation, we shall consider the module's key question. What overarching narrative of the eleventh century does the great range of surviving sources best support: one of political fragmentation as public order was rebuilt from the bottom up, or one of religious consolidation as the Church grew in power and influence?

Restrictions on availability: A pass in at least 40 credits of History modules at level one.

Staff Contact: WEST CHARLES
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment, Project/ portfolio

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