Mastering Medieval Sources

Module code: HS7022/ML7022

The range and scale of sources for studying the Middle Ages is vast, and 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 (e.g. royal and manorial records, letters, wills, maps, landscape, etc.), and 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 two hour seminar on sources and a weekly one hour seminar on manuscript studies. These will provide students with the basic skills needed to assess medieval sources. No prior knowledge of Latin, French or palaeography is assumed, only a deep enthusiasm for finding out about the medieval past!

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