Love & Death in the Middle Ages (HSTY2632)

UNIT OF STUDY

In the Middle Ages, love and death were constants in life. Medieval people loved as we do now. Married love, sensual love, spiritual love all co-existed in a world where death was likewise ever-present. Medieval people prepared for death, and they longed to make a good death. Dying was understood both spiritually and socially, as reward or punishment. The unit covers such cultural practices as courtly love, spiritual charity, familial love, rituals of love and death, death as spectacle.

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Classes

2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x500wd research bibliography (10%), 1x500wd essay outline (10%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) and tutorial participation (10%)

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No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History

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