JoAnn H. Moran Cruz and Richard Gerberding, Medieval Worlds: An Introduction to European History, 300-1492 (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) [text]
Merry E. Weisner et al., Discovering the Medieval Past: A Look at the Evidence (Houghton Mifflin, 2003) [sources]
Handouts: Additional reading material will occasionally be distributed in class.
The Web: A number of assignments will be made from the websites on your syllabus.
Ever wonder how profs select web sites? Ask the librarians at The Citadel: http://www.citadel.edu/library/eval.htm
-regular class attendance and active participation (20%)
-all assigned readings
-assigned individual or small group presentations
-three one-hour exams (20% each)
-museum report (20%)
Be sure to read the Information for All Students on Prof. E's website. http://www.libraryautomation.com/valerieeads/allstudents.html
Readings must be completed before the class for which they are assigned. Because each class meeting is a full week's work, more than one topic may be discussed in a single class. Organizing your reading will keep confusion to a minimum.
I. January 15
1. Administrivia: objectives, requirements, grading, class procedures
2. Defining terms: Middle Ages, medieval, Renaissance, primary and secondary sources
3. The end of the ancient world and the beginning of the Middle Ages
"Introduction," Debating the Middle Ages, edited by Lester K. Little and Barbara H. Rosenwein (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998) pp. 1-4.
[Obviously, you couldn't prepare this material in advance, but if your notes are not clear or you registered late, these readings will allow you to get the material that was presented on the first day of class.]
II. January 22
4. Decline & Fall (?)
When did Gibbon write this? What else was going on at that time? How might this have affected his view of history?
Pay particular attention to the primary source excerpts in both your textbook and your sourcebook. These are the foundation of the course, the records that medieval people have left of themselves. What is the purpose of each illustration? Be sure you can identify each source by author (if known), title, date, etc. It is not acceptable to refer to "no. 6" or "p. 19" in class discussion or exams.
5. Christianity & Rome
II. January 29
6. The Barbarians
IV. February 5
6. The Eastern Empire & Islam
7. Early Western Europe
V. February 12
8. The Carolingians
9. The British Isles
VI. February 19
First examination: 1 hr., closed book, through topic 7
10. Vikings and Saracens and Magyars, Oh my!
11. Land and People: A Social Summary
VIII. March 4
12. Rulers and Religion: A Political-Institutional Summary
13. Beginning the Central (aka The High) Middle Ages
March 11 Spring Break---No Class---Gaudeamus igitur!!
BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!!
Deadline for withdrawals without penalty is March 15!!
IX. March 18
14. The Crusades
Jonathan Riley-Smith is one of the leading scholars of the Crusades. Can you guess the political leaning of the National Review? Would the sources you have read support or refute that view of history?
X. March 25
15. Political/Institutional Summary
16. The Medieval University (What other kind is there?!)
XI. April 1
Second 1-hr. Exam
17. Social History Summary, 12th & 13th centuries
XII. April 8
18. 13th Century, Political/Institutional
19. 13th Century, Cultural
XIII. April 15
20. The Autumn of the Middle Ages I
XIV. April 22--Museum Report due.
22. The Autumn of the Middle Ages II
23. The Renaissance?
XV. April 29--Final Exam