645002 UE Sources and Studies in the Middle Ages

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 01.07.2021 Place course on memo list
645002
UE Sources and Studies in the Middle Ages
UE 1
2,5
every 2 weeks
each semester
German

By discussing various examples the class will introduce methodological approaches of paleography and the study of charters.

Medieval sources about knights, nobility, kings and their vassals are characteristic for our picture of the medieval feudal system. Fiefs are often thought of only in connection with noble lords who gave fiefs to their vassals in return for loyalty, help and advice. Nobles played a central role in this system. But why actually? Who was allowed to hold a fief in the Middle Ages and what were the different types of fiefs?

In addition to answering these questions, this course provides an introduction to working with medieval sources on feudalism. After an initial discussion of the basic concepts of feudalism and fiefdom, the theoretical assumptions will be tested and examined through practical source work. Starting from the basics of diplomatics (Urkundenlehre), the materiality (external features) and text (internal features) of medieval charters will be introduced and the methodological tools for working with these sources will be presented.

Complementary to the introductory seminar in medieval history we will exercise the content and methodological approaches of the auxiliary sciences with focus on paleography and diplomatics using case studies. The focus is on archival sources, which we will read and transcribe together and interpret.

 

Exercises, case studies, discussion and lecture. Part of the work assignments will be elaborated in small groups.

Regular participation, contribution in class (discussion and presentation), short written exam.

Will be discussed in the first lesson.

not applicable

Before attending this course it is recommended to complete the VO Basic Knowledge from the Middle Ages

see dates
Group 0
Date Time Location
Fri 2021-10-29
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Fri 2021-11-12
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Fri 2021-11-26
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Fri 2021-12-10
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Fri 2022-01-14
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Fri 2022-01-28
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Fri 2022-02-04
10.15 - 11.45 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free