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HIST 495W Medieval England and Ireland: The Age of Bede, c. 600-740 (1)

This course will explore the cultural flowering of the "Golden Age" of early medieval Britain and Ireland (600-800 BCE) and the works of Bede (672-735), who produced the first history of the English people and whose life and works are emblematic of this period of cultural transformation. The course will trace the revolutions in landscape, literature, and culture as this region transformed from the pagan, warrior society of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms into a Christianized realm whose cultural expressions became preeminent in Western Europe, and will explore the relationship between historical narrative and cultural transformation. The course is designed for students wishing to further their knowledge of medieval Europe, as well as for seniors needing to fulfill the senior History thesis requirement.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: One European History class or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Petersen