For undergraduate students for whom it's one of the first times they get in
contact with the Middle Ages, there are five fields which may interest them.
The Middle Ages will may come alive for them:
Feudalism (how Europe was governed)
Architecture (cathedrals and castles)
The devil (aspecially in art)
Literature (chansons de geste, Arthurian cycle)
War (the crusades e.g.)
These fields are perhaps not at the top of modern scholarship, but your
public will like it (even love it).
Van: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]Namens Cecilia Gaposchkin
Verzonden: dinsdag 2 januari 2001 21:14
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Onderwerp: 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