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HIST*4700 - Knighthood, Chivalry and Historical Writing in the Middle Ages


This is a 1.0 credit course, directed toward History majors, that examines ideologies of knighthood and chivalry as a way of looking at historical writing in the Middle Ages. In preparing for seminar discussion, you will read chronicles, romances, chansons de geste and chivalric handbooks students and reflect on the purpose that these writings had in the middle ages. By the end of the course you should be able to articulate how medieval historical writing compares to modern notions of historical writing. Through independent research you will show how medieval stories and histories can help interpret the past. Through the process of writing and revising and learning to conform to disciplinary ‘norms’ you will have learned how professional historians publish their work.

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