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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2006

HIS 397L • Europe in the 12th Century

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40957 -TBA


Course Description

This reading seminar is designed to be a topical examination of the "long" twelfth century, defined here as the period from the Investiture Crisis in the late eleventh century to the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Among the topics to be covered will be: Feudal Society The Investiture Crisis The Crusades The Growth of Canon and Civil Law The Twelfth-Century Renaissance The Growth of Feudal Monarchies & Administrative Kingship Monasticism and Monastic Reform Perceptions of Heresy The Expansion of Christendom The Rise of Gothic Architecture The Commercial Revolution The Rise of Communes and Guilds The Rise of Papal Monarchy

Grading Policy

Short Papers: Students will be asked to write short reviews (2-3 pp) of each week's reading. Each week one student will be assigned an additional brief historiographic/ bibliographic treatment of the more important contributions to that weeks topic of discussion. Semester Project: An end of the semester project will also be required, consisting of a more substantive annotated bibliography and sample syllabus for a course on any one of the topics encompassed in our discussion of twelfth-century Europe. Class Participation: 20% Short Papers: 65% Semester Project: 15%


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