Politics, Pestilence and War in Late Medieval Europe, 1300-1500
Value: half unit
Dr Clive Burgess
Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars.
Best Essay of 2 (30%) and 2-hour Exam (70%)
This course examines a period of momentous change, which witnessed the Great Famine and Black Death kill perhaps half of Europe’s population, the consequences of endemic warfare rampaging across the continent, and outbreaks of popular revolt involving exceptional brutality. Lectures and seminars trace the major developments in the period, including the attempts of English kings to unify the British Isles, the Hundred Years War in France, and the imperial troubles of the Holy Roman Empire. These are placed alongside an examination of the cultural, social and artistic impulses released by the demographic shock of the Black Death, and developments in crusading, chivalry, and art and architecture.