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Room: Bowland B106
Not available in 2014/15
Course Convenor: Dr Paul Antony Hayward
Hist424 aims to inculcate an appreciation of the importance of genre and codicology for the study of medieval history. A great many different genres of historical document have survived for the Middle Ages, and each was subject to its own rules and its own patterns of transmission. If the information that they contain is to be used to sound effect, it is essential to understand these features and how they have changed over time.
Moreover, these processes are themselves significant for what they have to say about the attitudes and culture of the persons and communities who produced them. Indeed, the rhetoric and the history of a document often tells us more about the world in which it was produced than the facts which it supposedly contains.
The following genres may be convered:
Taught: Lent Term
Assessment: (a) A short essay of 1,500 words on a manuscript (or group of manuscripts) relevant to your research (worth 30 per cent); (b) A long essay of 3,500 words on the characteristics of a particular genre or type of historical source (worth seventy per cent).
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