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HI 304H / HI 354H
LAW, SEX, AND MARRIAGE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr F Pedersen

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This module is available to students on all non history degree programmes as a discipline breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non history degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity History and Philosophy.

This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 354H.

This course investigates how the ideal of a lifelong monogamous marriage became the norm in Western Europe. It examines relevant texts from the period and introduces students to a wide range of sources and approaches to the past. The course consists in a mixture of seminars and lectures and will include both broad overviews and case studies of individual marriages in the Middle Ages. The course is divided into three major sections. The first section discusses the historicity of Western attitudes to marriage and the significance of the institution for academic study. The second section considers medieval attitudes to sex, marriage and the family. The third section investigates how secular and ecclesiastical forces interacted in the ultimately successful attempt to make marriage a matter between individuals rather than families.

Two weekly seminars of 90 minutes.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%) and in-course assessment (40%). The in-course assessment consists of one 3,500 word essay.

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (60%) and in-course assessment (40%). The in-course assessment consists of one 3,500 word essay, which cannot be identical to the previously submitted in-course assessment.