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Core Course: Concepts and Methods

Convenor: Dr Julie Barrau

Michaelmas Term, two-hour seminar per week over eight weeks
Assessment: 3–4,000 word essay (10% of the overall mark)

This course involves discussion and analysis of different approaches, sources, debates and ideas in the study of Medieval History. The course aims to provide all students with key higher-level skills, and to prompt the exploration of a wider historiographical area pertaining to a student’s chosen dissertation topic.


Topics for 2018-19

  • Introduction: Sources and the Challenges of Medieval History
  • Social structures
  • Memory and history
  • Ritual and symbolic communication
  • Material worlds
  • Literacy, bureaucracy and power
  • State and Nation in the Middle Ages
  • Writing Medieval History

This information is provided for illustrative purposes only.

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from 4pm GMT on Friday 20 December to 9am Thursday 2 January, and we will be unable to respond to queries during this time.

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