Mary R O'Neil
Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
Course Title: Society, Religion and the Inquisition in 14-16th C. Europe
Student learning goals
Learning about the medieval and Roman Inquisitions
Understanding the campaign against heresy from 13th - 16th centuries.
Research and writing about interesting historical material.
Have a small group discussion course and getting to know professor and other students.
Learn close reading of important works on history.
General method of instruction
Reading, in-class discussion of reading. Research, in-class reports on research in progress. Reading (this is a preliminary list, not finalized) Hamilton, The Medieval Inquisition Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou Lester Litter, Religious Poverty and the Profit Motive in Medieval Europe Carlo Ginzburg, The Night Battles Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms
Since this is a Senior Seminar, it would be useful to have some course background medieval, renaissance or early modern European history, but according to History Department policy, this is not required.
History Department policy puts other restrictions on who can enroll; if you are interested in the course, please discuss any such situations with Professor O'Neil directly
Class assignments and grading
Weekly response papers on assigned readings. One short paper comparing two assigned books. One longer paper on a topic that arises out of course readings.
Class participation 20% Shorter writing assignments 20% each Longer paper 40%