The course will retrace the medieval history of the European continent between the fourth and fifteenth centuries, aiming to highlight the specificity of this area of the world in the evolution from late Antiquity to the Modern age. The main theme will be the centuries-old relationship between the Papacy and the Empire and between the Church and society.
Julia M.H. Smith, L'Europa dopo Roma. Una nuova storia culturale (500-1000), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005;
W. Ch. Jordan, Nel nome del Signore: L'Europa dall'anno Mille alla fine del Medioevo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2013;
two other monographic texts chosen by the student with the guidance of the teacher
The course aims to offer an in-depth examination of the basic programme of Medieval history aimed at highlighting the peculiarities of the European reality by two points of view:
- knowledge of the political, social and religious history of Europe during the fourth to fifteenth centuries;
- acquisition of knowledge of the main historical processes and historical interpretations of the phenomena and events constituting Europe's past in the long term;
- acquisition of the specific vocabulary;
- encouragement to develop a behaviour appropriate to university education, which implies a conscious participation in the lessons;
- encouragement to increase the correct participation in the life of the university community, taking advantage of the collateral teaching opportunities of conferences, book presentations, round tables, etc.
Academic knowledge of the general history of the Middle Ages
Frontal lectures, learning materials discussion
Meeting with the teacher during the reception hours for the personalized choice of the in-depth bibliography.
Please note that a compulsory attendance is required for 2/3 of the lessons.
no exams without class attendance are permitted, except for students with part-time enrolment (on a specific exam program).
Type of Assessment
Oral examination based on the main texts and the bibliography agreed with the teacher. Particular attention will be given to the knowledge of the assigned bibliography, to the capacity of logical organization of the speech, to the property of language. The examination will be divided into several questions aimed at verifying the understanding and knowledge of historical processes and the most important phenomena derived from the texts.
It is necessary to demonstrate a sufficient level of preparation with regard to both diachronic texts and volumes.
The final evaluation is made up of all the evaluations obtained in the two phases of the verification of learning process.
The course will focus in particular on the dynamics of political, social and religious life in Europe from the end of the ancient world to Humanism, following as its main theme the long, sometimes symbiotic, sometimes conflictual relationship between the universal authorities of the Papacy and the Empire.