Mastering Medieval Sources/ Latin ab initio

Module code: HS7022 

This module must be taken with ML7022 Latin ab initio.

Module Outline

The range and scale of sources for studying the middle ages is vast, but few students have had the opportunity to tackle more than a few during their undergraduate degrees. This module gives MA students exposure to a wide range of genres of medieval primary sources and the key skills to understand them. It is ideal for students thinking about doing an MA thesis or further research on a medieval topic but also stands alone as a coherent course. Mastering Medieval Sources comprises a weekly seminar on sources and a weekly palaeography/documents class. Along with the Latin course these will provide students with the basic skills needed to assess medieval sources in their original manuscript context. The course is assessed by an extended essay and bibliography on a source genre (c. 3,000-3,500 words). No prior knowledge of Latin or palaeography is assumed, only a deep enthusiasm for finding out about the medieval past.


  • Small group seminar classes and private study.


  • Extended essay and bibliography on a source genre (c. 3,000-3,500 words).