You could do worse than follow the lead of :Lester Little and Barbara
Rosenwein in "Debating the Middle Ages." Their categories are very broad --
The Fate of the Western Provinces; Feudalism; Gender; Religion and
Society -- but their selections highlight some of the most exciting work of
the last decades.
The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.
From: Cecilia Gaposchkin <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 3:13 PM
Subject: 5 issues in medieval history
>I have been asked to do a short talk for an undergraduate audience on the
>state of the field -- defined here as "medieval history" but which in this
>day in age can of course be defined as "medievial cultural
>history" including art, religion, literature, etc. And this got me to
>ask myself what are the, say, five or six overriding issues that have been
>governing the field in the last few years. What are the areas in which
>there has been the most innovative research and thinking of late, and what
>are the "big issues" that scholars are setting trying to work out now.
>Any thoughts would be hugely helpful. thanks