B. Schedule, 2008-2009

Week Date Topic
     
    MICHAELMAS TERM
    Introduction
1 9 October LECTURE: Introduction
    A. Political and Social Foundations, c.450-600
  10 October LECTURE 1: Roman Gaul on the Eve of Imperial Meltdown (to c.450)
2 16 October LECTURE 2: The Making of the Franks
  17 October LECTURE 3: Frankish Society in the Sixth Century
3 23 October LECTURE 4: Merovingian Kingship in the Sixth Century
    SEMINAR I: The Economic and Social Crisis of the Sixth Century
4 30 October LECTURE 5: The Gallo-Roman Aristocracy under Merovingian Rule
    SEMINAR II: Earlier Merovingian Kingship, c.480-600
    B. Religious Foundations, c.450-600
5 6 November LECTURE 1: Fifth-/Sixth-Christianity and Christianization
  7 November LECTURE 2: The Development of Monasticism in Gaul to c.600
6 13 November LECTURE 3: The Cult of Saints
    SEMINAR III: Gregory of Tours and the Cult of Saints
    C. From the Merovingians to the Carolingians, c.600-800
7 21 November LECTURE 1: Seventh-Century Kingship [NB: this is a Friday lecture!]
    SEMINAR IV: High Merovingian Queenship
8 27 November LECTURE 2: The New Politics of the Late Seventh Century
    SEMINAR V: Later Merovingian Politics
9 4 December LECTURE 3: The Pippinid/Carolingian Takeover of Frankia, 687-751
  5 December LECTURE 4: The Religious Politics of the Rise of the Pippinids / Carolingians
10 11 December LECTURE 5: The Papacy, International Relations and the Coup d'état of 751
  12 December LECTURE 6: From the Coup d'état of 751 to the Imperial Coronation of Charlemagne in 800
  12 December ESSAY DUE
     
    Christmas Vacation
     
    LENT TERM
    D. The Decline and Fall of the Carolingian Empire, c.800-900
1 15 January LECTURE 1: The Eighth-Century Background to the Viking Phenomenon
  16 January LECTURE 2: Louis the Pious and the 'Christian Empire', c.800-843
2 22 January LECTURE 3: The Viking Raids, c.810-950
    SEMINAR VI: Louis the Pious and the 'Field of Lies'
3 29 January LECTURE 4: The Disintegration of the Carolingian Empire, c.840-900
    SEMINAR VII: The Impact of the Vikings on the Frankish Kingdoms
    E. The Kingdom of the Eastern Franks, c.828-1025
4 5 February LECTURE 1: The Kingdom of Louis the German, 828-c.900
  6 February LECTURE 2: The Magyar Crisis and the Eastern Front, c.888-1000
5 12 February LECTURE 3: Eastern Frankia under the Earlier Ottonians, 936-83
    SEMINAR VIII: Henry I and the Magyar Invasions
6 19 February LECTURE 4: The Ottonians and the Imperial Idea, c.950-1024
    SEMINAR IX: Ottonian Kingship as Seen Through the Eyes of Thietmar of Merseburg
7 26 February LECTURE 5: Henry II (1002-24) and the End of the Ottonian Dynasty
    F. The Feudal Revolution in Western Frankia, c.880-1025
  27 February LECTURE 1: The Rise of the Princes and the Castellans, c.880-1000
8 5 March LECTURE 2: The Search for Stability, c.950-1025
    SEMINAR X: Aquitaine during the Reign of Duke William V (993-1030)
9 12 March LECTURE 3: Monasticism in the Midst of the Feudal Revolution, c.880-1025
  13 March LECTURE 4: Lordship, Family and Marriage in the Tenth Century
    Conclusion
10 19 March LECTURE: The Slow Decline of the Roman Empire or the Making of a New Civilisation?
  20 March ESSAY DUE
     
    Easter Vacation
     
    SUMMER TERM
1 30 April Revision Class (i.e. that is, the return of the second essay and essential advice about the content of the Examination!)
     

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