History | Western Europe-Early Middle Ages
B351 | 25613 | Elliott

This course focuses on the early Middle Ages – a period of upheaval
and dramatic social change.  Beginning with the Roman Empire’s
collapse under the pressure of the Barbarian hoards, and concluding
with the eleventh-century reform of the church, we will examine how
a new civilization arose from the fusion of Roman, German, and
Christian traditions.  Topics will include miracles and martyrdom,
monasticism and the preservation of culture, Charlemagne as
Christian ruler, gender and the Germans, the beginnings of
feudalism, and the gradual ascendance of the papacy.  1 midterm
exam; 1 final; 2 short papers (ca. 5pp).