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HS5235 The Court in England and Europe c. 1350-c.1450

Instructor:  Professor Nigel Saul

Term 1. To be taught at Royal Holloway, Egham. Time and availability to be arranged.

The main aim of the course is to examine comparatively the development of princely courts in late medieval Europe, with particular reference to the social and governmental functions of the court, the role and composition of the courtiers, the imagery and propaganda of the court, and the popular responses to it. The course will look at court history from a comparative perspective, examining developments in England alongside those on the continent. Particular attention will be given to the following topics: the social and governmental functions of the court, the role and composition of the courtiers, the imagery and propaganda of the court, and the popular responses to it. The principal courts to be studied will be those of England and France, although evidence from Burgundy and the German Empire will be considered too.

 

Introductory Reading:

Starkey, David, ed., The English Court from the Wars of the Roses to the Civil War (London: Longman, 1987)

 

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