ARH 2500/ARTH 2559: Introduction to the Medieval World [3]

Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor


Many think of the Middle Ages as a backward time riddled with disease, warfare and ignorance. Yet, buildings such as Chartres Cathedral and objects like the Unicorn Tapestries suggest it was actually an age of sophistication and beauty. The Introduction to the Medieval World will provide the opportunity to explore what really went on during this period and contrast that with current popular depictions using primary sources and objects whenever possible. We will explore topics such as pilgrimage, crusades, monasticism, Gothic architecture, and manuscripts using objects from the Fralin Museum of Art, and Special Collections to gain insights into this rich and complete period while comparing these topics with their presentation in contract to modern popular culture through discussion of films such as The Name of the Rose and The Kingdom of Heaven.