History | Medieval Heroes
B204 | 12423 | Shopkow

A portion of this class reserved for University Division orientation
program students
Above class carries Culture Studies credit

Well, heroes are fun, arenít they? But a societyís heroes can tell
you a lot about that society. (Can you imagine Rambo or Forrest Gump
being heroes in any society but modern America?)  So heroes are a
great way to learn about past societies. This course is an
introduction to the history of the Middle Ages in western Europe
through its heroes. What made people heroes in the Middle Ages?  Who
can be a hero?  Who can become a heroine?  How did changes in
medieval society create changes in people's thinking about heroes?
And how do modern people see these medieval heroes?

I've chosen a mix of figures to represent the three periods of the
Middle Ages: the early Middle Ages (c. 300-c. 1000), the high Middle
Ages (c. 1000-c. 1300), and the later Middle Ages (c. 1300-c. 1500).
There are all kinds of heroes: saints, outlaws, kings and legends.
We'll look at what was going on when their stories were written and
why they became significant heroes.