HIS 304K • English Civilizatn Before 1603
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
History 304K is a lecture course which normally enrolls about 40 students. The course covers the history of Britain from Roman times to the death of Queen Elizabeth I. The second half of the course continues the survey to the present. One of the central themes of the first half of the course is the development of a sense of English nationality; a long process of invasion by many diverse peoples, the migrations of these peoples, and the blending of their languages and cultures to produce a nation which Shakespeare wrote of as this happy breed of men, who inhabited a blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. The title of the course is English Civilization, and it is the hallmarks of civilizationcities, languages, laws, religion, and the artsthat we will study. Kings and Queens, of course; but as the list of readings below suggest, we will also read about Irish monks, rats, and fleas, and Elizabethan seadogs.
Three exams: 2 one-hour exams and a finalall essay. (30%/30%/40%)
Robert and Roberts, HISTORY OF ENGLAND Georges Duby, WILLIAM MARSHAL, THE FLOWER OF CHIVALRY Phillip Ziegler, THE BLACK DEATH Garrett Mattingly, THE ARMADA