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Robert C. Stacey
HSTAM 531
Seattle Campus

Medieval European History

Class description

This course surveys recent secondary literature on the high middle ages (roughly 1000-1300) in western Europe. Its goal is to introduce students to the most imporatant and most interesting new developments and arguments in the field, through a careful reading of selected secondary books and articles. Topics include: The Peace of God and the Year 1000; Popular Heretical Movements; The Social Meanings and Social Impacts of Literacy; Chivalry and Court Culture; Feudalism and its Discontents.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Graduate standing, with some previous exposure to the European middle ages. All required readings are in English; a knowledge of Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and/or German is useful but not presumed or required. This course has in the past been useful to students in a variety of departments: History of course, but also French and Italian, Classics, and English.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assignments of beween 200 and 400 pages; a required essay of 15-25 pages, due at the end of the term, surveying the historiography on a particular field or question relevant to the European high middle ages.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stefanie M Starkovich
Date: 04/26/2004