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

Spring 2010

HIS 344G • 12TH-CENTURY RENAIS: 1050-1200

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Course Description

European society changed so rapidly and extensively between 1050 and 1200 that medievalists often call it a "renaissance," ( a period of rebirth not to be confused with the later Italian Renaissance.) During this period, agricultural technologies changed, new forms of religious life developed, schools and universities emerged, cathedrals were built, towns became self-governing, and royal governments experimented with new forms of administration and law. Though a reading of primary documents - including love letters, memoirs, accounts of religious visions, chronicles of urban revolts, and court poetry – this course examines a series of these intellectual, religious, social, and political developments

Grading Policy

•3 short (3-page) papers 30% (10% each) •Map Test 5% •Midterm Exam 20% •Final Paper (10 pages) 35% •Class Participation 10%


Readings include: Colin Morris, The Discovery of the Individual (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987). Galbert of Bruges, The Murder of Charles the Good, trans. James Bruce Ross (New York: Harper and Row, 1967; reprinted by Toronto University Press). John Benton, Self and Society in Medieval France (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987). Peter Abelard and Heloise, Letters, trans. B. Radice (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974). Georges Duby, William Marshal: Flower of Chivalry, (New York: Pantheon, 1987).


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