Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In late 996 or early 997 when Count Fulk Nerra of Anjou together with armed retainers entered the cloister of Saint-Martin in Tours and did extensive damage, they probably presumed that no power could force them to make amends for their atrocious attack on unarmed and innocent monks but they were wrong! Some time later Fulk begged forgiveness in the church and signaled his humiliation by going barefoot.Lords and knights are credited with having extensive authority in the middle ages and their castles were undeniably symbols of often-deadly power in medieval Europe. Monks and monasteries, however, had access to even greater powers and as such wielded tremendous influence over medieval society, especially aristocratic society. Monks after all were the original milites Christi, or soldiers of Christ, battling demons on behalf of Christian society.This module explores the complicated relationships that arose between aristocratic society in the world and its generally aristocratic counterpart cloistered from the world in the pivotal years of c. 900-1250. Whilst providing a general familiarity with the key socio-political and religious developments in medieval Europe during this period, it will also address patronage, the power of women, the role of monasteries in familial strategies and gift networks, the use and abuse of spiritual power and how secular powers benefited by controlling jurisdiction over monasteries.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/his-20072/lists
To introduce students to two of the most prominent features of medieval culture: monasticism and aristocratic society, by exploring the complicated and contradictory relationships that arose between elite lay society in the world and its (often equally) elite religious counterpart ostensibly cloistered from the world in the pivotal years of c.900-1250, in order to advance students' historical and historiographical knowledge using a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.
Intended Learning Outcomes
demonstrate a broad understanding of the complicated relationships that arose between elite lay society and its generally aristocratic counterpart cloistered from the world along with familiarity of the key socio-political and religious developments in the period c.900-1250.: 1,2read and use contested texts and other source materials critically, while addressing the issues of genre, content, perspective and historicity.: 1,2develop and support reasoned historical arguments and to present them in a clear and persuasive manner both orally and in written work.: 1,2evaluate scholarly debates on this topic, in particular the significance of patronage, gift-networks and the use and abuse of spiritual power.: 1,2
12 lectures, 12 seminars, 12 workshops, 38 hours seminar preparation, 38 hours commentary preparation, 38 hours lecture consolidation and essay preparation.
1: Commentary weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
CommentaryA c.500-word commentary involving a historiographical review of a scholarly journal article or book.2: Essay weighted 50%
EssayAn essay of c.1500 words, chosen by the student from a list of questions set by the tutor.