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HI1219 Popes, Kings and Crusaders, c.1075-c.1250

Module Organiser: Dr Thomas Smith
Duration: Michaelmas term
Contact Hours: 2 lectures per week and 6 seminars over the course of the term
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: 20% essay, 80% examination

This module draws upon a wide range of medieval documents all in English translation from chronicles and letters, to poems and propaganda tracts, and will introduce students to key movements and institutions of the Central Middle Ages. In particular it will look at one of the most important phenomena of the medieval world, the rise of papal power, and how this shaped the course of political, religious and social development throughout the Central Middle Ages and beyond. This module will explore the ways in which popes manifested their power, and it will introduce students to such events and developments as: the crusading movement; heresy hunts and the Inquisition; the preaching orders; and the ruthless papal-imperial conflicts. At the end of the course, participants will have gained a profound understanding of the popes, kings and crusaders who shaped the course of central medieval history.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Outline chronologically, and analyse, key events and developments in the history of the Central Middle Ages
  • Assess key developments in the history of the papacy and the Church in the Central Middle Ages
  • Discuss the core features of European society and the crucial institutions and movements of the Central Middle Ages
  • Analyse the impact of different aspects of political, religious and social development in Europe during the central middle ages
  • Undertake a basic analysis and evaluation of selected primary sources in translation
  • Present and discuss in written and oral format analysis of key questions relating to the history of Europe during the central Middle Ages.

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