In the Middle Ages minor you will explore the fascinating world of the European Middle Ages. You will study this long period of knights and damsels, of monks, popes and heretics, of merchants, scholars and jesters from different angles by scholars from different disciplines. By investigating medieval culture from (art) historical and literary perspectives, you will develop a varied and rich understanding of the period.
After this course you will:
- have developed a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the period of the Middle Ages.
- have knowledge of the most important developments that took place in this period, of the most prominent scholarly traditions in this field, as well as of modern images of the period.
- have knowledge of a variety of sources to study the Middle Ages, and of the possibilities and problems in studying them.
- be able to formulate a clear research problem for investigating a specific historical problem
- be able to find and analyse modern literature as well as medieval sources to answer a research question
- be able to present the result of your research in a clear and convincing way.
The minor consists of four courses that are complementary. The first course will focus on the peculiarities of medieval sources and on the proper ways to approach them, for it is through the sources that we gather material for our knowledge of the period. In this course students will also train to write a contribution for Wikipedia and thus to present their results to a broader audience. In the second course we focus on the earlier medieval period with an emphasis on kings, monasteries and learned Latin culture, while in the third course we will move to the later medieval world of cities, courts and literature in the vernacular. The final course will deal with the whole period but from a specific angle: the relationship between man and animal. This concluding course we will also deal the question of how to tackle specific research problems.
Preparation for a master
This programme prepares for the Research Master programme Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, but is also intended to accommodate students who want to know more about the Middle Ages.