The course aims to provide a basic representation of the Middle Ages through the reference to the history and tradition of the sources. It also aims to provide the necessary knowledge to allow the student to
achieve the knowledge of medieval history in its most significant characteristics, and
to set adequately the period between antiquity and the modern age.
This part of the course will mainly explore the period from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries
- Andrea Zorzi, Manuale di storia medievale, Utet, Torino, 2016.
- Some monographs to be agreed with the teacher after the beginning of the course.
The course intends to offer a basic preparation on medieval history, relatively:
1) to the competence:
- basic knowledge of medieval history;
- acquisition of the knowledge of the main medieval historical processes;
- acquisition of a specific lexical of history;
2) to the behavior:
- incentive to achieve confidence with university education;
- incentive to engage in the life of the university community, taking advantage of training opportunities (lectures, book presentations, roundtables, etc.).
The student should have knowledge of the Medieval period at a scholastic level.
The student will meet the professor during his office hours, for the personalized choice of the bibliography for the monographic part of the exam.
Please note that attendance is required for 2/3 of the lessons.
Exams for non-attending students are not allowed, except for students with the part-time enrolment.
Type of Assessment
Oral test on the manual; oral exam on the bibliography chosen for the monographic part, only for students that have successfully passed the oral test. A particular consideration will be given to the knowledge of the assigned bibliography, to the ability in logical organisation of discourse and to the proper use of language.
The exam will consist in a series of questions, in order to verify the understanding and the knowledge of historical processes and of the most important phenomena.
The final evaluation will be composed by the two assessments given for the oral test and the oral exam.
The course will focus in particular on: the transformation of the ancient world, the Roman and barbarian kingdoms, Byzantium and Islam, the Carolingian Empire, seigneurial authorities in the X-XII centuries, the demographic and economic expansion of the medieval West, the reform of the papacy and the new forms of religiosity, the territorial co-ordinations of the late Middle Ages, feudal monarchies and the city-states, the crisis of the fourteenth century, the processes of state formation.