This module will introduce you to themes and approaches to the study of the medieval world. You will be opening windows on to this world through a selection of medieval themes. And you will be active viewers, exploring how historians have been shaping and reshaping this world. In this process, you will be offered the opportunity to ‘seize ownership’ of the seminar classes, by designing your own research questions and angles of study.
The module will introduce you to the wide range of uses historians have made of medieval records from 1000 to 1500. Approaches to the study of sources are often oblique and many classes of record are employed to support research on themes far from those envisaged by their original creators. Seminars will follow themes, partly set by student choices: an indicative list of areas for study would include the nobility; war, nation and community; the uses of the past; lordship; everyday life; political and religious culture.