HIST307 - LOVE, LUST AND VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Description: 
Medieval Europe was undoubtedly gruff and violent but it also gave birth to courtly culture—raw warriors transformed into knights who performed heroic deeds, troubadours wrote epics in their honor and love songs about their ladies, women of the elite carved out a place in public discourse as patrons of the arts, and princely courts were increasingly defined by pageantry from jousting tournaments to royal coronations. This course will trace the development of this courtly culture from the eleventh to the sixteenth century, from its roots in Southern France to its spread to Northern France and then to various kingdoms in Europe. Central themes will include the transformation of the warrior into the knight, the relationship between violence and courtliness, courtly love, cultural production and the patronage of art, and the development of court pageantry and ceremonial. This is a class on cultural history and, as such, will rely on the interpretation of objects of art and material culture, literature as well as historical accounts.
Instructors: 
KUSKOWSKI, ADA
Day and Time: 
MW 0200PM-0330PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 314
Activity: 
LEC
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    Registration Notes: 
    CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS