HTY 202: Medieval Civilization

Instructor: Joel Anderson

Days/Time: TTh 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Location: Williams 130

Course Description: What were the Middle Ages in the middle of? How did “medieval” become synonymous with “ignorant” and “barbaric?” These questions will be on our minds as we survey European history from the late Roman Empire through the fifteenth century, examining developments in political, religious, and cultural fields. Even as we aspire to cover huge swaths of geography and history, we will also pause to investigate individual case studies and telling details: from Childeric’s tomb to the daily life of a monk. Eschewing caricature and conventional wisdom, we will explore the many varieties of medieval civilization, emphasizing the complex lessons and legacies that this period offers for the modern world.

General Education Requirements: Western Cultural Traditions and Cultural Diversity/International Perspectives.