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Robin C Stacey
HSTAM 536
Seattle Campus

Topics in Early Medieval History

Graduate level study of specific topics in early medieval history. Topics vary from quarter to quarter; for information, please see instructor.

Class description

A graduate level seminar focused on a close reading in Anglo-Saxon and Irish historical sources.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Each week we will do close readings of individual primary sources; students will also be asked to prepare and discuss secondary articles related to the sources for that week. Sources to be discussed include: St. Patrick's Confessions; Gildas, "On the Ruin of Britain,"; Bede's Ecclesiastical History; "Life of St. Cuthbert;" "Life of St. Wilfrid;" law codes of Ine and Alfred; Fonthill charter (and related charters); Asser's Life of Alfred; later laws of Wulfstan.

Recommended preparation

Graduate standing in History or an allied field (art history, English, literature) with a solid background in early medieval history. All required readings will be in English, but knowledge of other European languages is an advantage.

Class assignments and grading

Short papers weekly reacting to questions posed by the instructor about the source. In addition, each student will be responsible for taking the lead on one-two sources during the term.

Discussion and analysis, as evidenced in class and in weekly reaction papers.


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 Robin C Stacey
Date: 10/19/2005