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   Course Title    History and Culture of the Knighthood
Lecturer    Dzmitry Drozhzha
Institution    Belarusian State University Liceum
Country    Belarus


Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to give the students basic knowledge about the history of knighthood of medieval Western Europe in period from IX to XV centuries using France, England, Germany, Spain, and Scotland as examples. The role of knighthood in the development of medieval culture, literature and European politics will be shown.

Objectives of the course

Upon completion of the course

I. Students should know:

  • Basic terminology;
  • Main research streams;
  • Main historical resources and literature;
  • Historical facts and events from Medieval History of Knighthood;
  • The role of knighthood in development of politics, arts, literature etc.

II. Students should be able to:

  • Participate in discussions and debates on the main topics discussed;
  • Write academic essays;

Course Reading Materials:

A. MANDATORY

  • Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999.
  • Friedrich Heer. The Medieval World Europe 1100-1350. Phoenix Giant. London. 1998.
  • Hans Eberhard. Mayer The Crusades Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Turnbull S. The Book of Medieval Knight. London 1995.

B. RECOMMENDED

  • Thomas F. Madden. A Concise History of the Crusades. Rowman and Littlefield Publisher, Inc. Lanham, Boulder, New York, Oxford. 1999.
  • Philip Warner. Sieges of the Middle Ages. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England. 2000.
  • Else Roesdahl. The Vikings. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England. 1998.
  • Jonathan Sumption Trial by Fire: The Hundred Years War II

Assessment:

  • Participation in discussions 10%;
  • Midterm essay 10%;
  • Midterm exam (test) 15%
  • Final essay 30%;
  • Final exam (test) 35 %

Essays (10+30=40% of your total grade)

Grades given for essays will be based on the following:

  • Appropriate and thoughtful application of previous historical studies to the current study. Draw clear and justifiable inferences linking previous knowledge;
  • Your ability to present and explain ideas;
  • Your ability to ground your ideas on historical data and text

Class participation

Grade given for participation will be based on the following:

  • Doing required readings and assignments;
  • Good attendance;
  • Overall interest and engagement in the class and discussions.

Tests (Midterm and Final) 15+35=50% of your total grade.

The midterm and final tests are designed to assess your knowledge of facts, concepts and ideas covered in class and in the readings as well as your ability to apply what you have learned to specific problems. Both tests will be given in class.

TOPICS

Lecture 1. Origin of knighthood

Lecture 2. Basic qualities and traits of knights (prowess, honor)

Lecture 3. Continue Basic qualities and traits of knights (courtesy, generosity)

Lecture 4. The way from armoire-bearer to knight.

Lecture 5. Knightly Ceremony during the medieval age.

Lecture 6. Courtesy during medieval ages.

Lecture 7. Medieval arms, armoire and warfare.

Lecture 8. Warfare during the Medieval Ages.

Lecture 9. Tradition of Medieval Tournaments: Turney, Jout

Lecture 10. Tradition of Medieval Tournaments: Bogordo, Kvintine.

Lecture 11. Knighthood and the Medieval War in the High Medieval Age.

Lecture 12. Knighthood and the Medieval War in the Later Medieval Age.

Lecture 13. The Knights on the East. Crusades.

Lecture 14. Medieval Heraldry.

Lecture 15. Knightly Literature.

Midterm essay, due February 1;

Final essay, due March 15.

LECTURE BY LECTURE BREAKDOWN

Week 1.

January 9

Introduction and overview of the course, bibliography.

Week 2.

January 16

Lecture 1. Origin of knighthood.

Mandatory:

The barbarians from the fifth to the ninth century/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 3-22

Recommended:

The feudal age from the beginning of the tenth to the middle of the twelfth century/ Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 30-59

Fortification, weapon and warfare/Else Roesdahl. The Vikings. (1998). P.129-147

January 18

Lecture 2. Basic qualities and traits of knights (prowess, honor)

Mandatory:

Aristocracy and peasantry/Friedrich Heer. The Medieval World Europe 1100-1350. (1998). P. 14-35.

Recommended:

Towards a history of courage/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 250-260.

Week 3.

January 23

Lecture 3 Continue Basic qualities and traits of knights (courtesy, generosity)

Mandatory:

Aristocracy and peasantry/Friedrich Heer. The Medieval World Europe 1100-1350. (1998). P. 14-35.

Recommended:

Towards a history of courage/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 250-260.

January 25

Lecture 4. The way from armoire-bearer to knight.

Recommended:

Turnbull S. The Book of Medieval Knight. London 1995. C. 15-21

Week 4.

January 30

Seminar. Origin of knighthood.

Mandatory:

Turnbull S. The Book of Medieval Knight. London 1995. 3-15

Recommended:

Towards a history of courage/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 250-260.

February 1

Lecture 5 Knightly Ceremony during the Medieval Age.

Mandatory:

Knighthood Ceremony by Urien ap Taleisin. Oxford 1993. C. 21-42

Week 5.

February 6

Lecture 6. Courtesy during the Medieval Age.

Mandatory:

Courtly love and courtly literature/Friedrich Heer. The Medieval World Europe 1100-1350. (1998). P. 123-158.

February 8

Seminar. Students all expected to present their essay, written by that term.

Week 6.

February 13

Lecture 7 Medieval arms, armoire and warfare.

Mandatory:

Arms and armoire/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 173-188.

Recommended:

Turnbull S. The Book of Medieval Knight. London 1995. C. 80-101

February 15

Lecture 8. Warfare during the Medieval Age.

Mandatory:

Arms, armoire and war engines/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 337-343..

Recommendet:

Philip Warner. Sieges of the Middle Ages. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England. 2000.

Week 7.

February 20

Lecture 9. Tradition of Medieval Tournaments: Turney, Jout.

Recommended:

Jonathan Sumption Trial by Fire: The Hundred Years War II. C. 201-230

February 22

Lecture 10. Tradition of Medieval Tournaments: Bogordo, Kvintine.

Recommended:

Jonathan Sumption Trial by Fire: The Hundred Years War II

Week 8.

February 27

Lecture 11. Knighthood and the Medieval War in the High Medieval Age.

Mandatory:

Artillery/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 193-200.

The art of war/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 208-238.

Recommended:

Philip Warner. Sieges of the Middle Ages. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England. 2000.

March 1

Lecture 12. Knighthood and the Medieval War in the Later Medieval Age.

Mandatory:

The art of war: conflicts, campaigns, sieges and battles/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 311-315.

Recommended:

Jonathan Sumption Trial by Fire:The Hundred Years War II

Week 9.

March 5

Lecture 13. The Knights on the East. Crusades.

Mandatory:

The origins of the crusades/Hans Eberhard. Mayer The Crusades Oxford University Press, 1990. P. 8-38.

Juridical, ethical and religious aspects of war/Philippe Contamine. War in the Middle Ages. Blackwell. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA. 1999. P. 260-296.

Recommended:

Thomas F. Madden. A Concise History of the Crusades. Rowman and Littlefield Publisher, Inc. Lanham, Boulder, New York, Oxford. 1999.

March 12

Lecture 14. Medieval Heraldry.

Recommended:

Jonathan Sumption Trial by Fire: The Hundred Years War II

Week 10.

March 15

Lecture 15. Knightly Literature.

Recommended:

Thomas F. Madden. A Concise History of the Crusades. Rowman and Littlefield Publisher, Inc. Lanham, Boulder, New York, Oxford. 1999.

March 19

Exam (test)



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