Medieval England

GM 212


Dr. Lindgren

314 Luther Hall   x8201

Office Hours: MF 9:05-10:05, T 1:30-2:30


This course is the prerequisite for the May Term travel course Castles and Cathedrals [HI 212].  This pass-fail course will give students background information on Roman and Medieval Britain, help them understand the geography of the UK, become familiar with architectural terms, and prepare students to travel abroad by teaching them travel survival skills.


Required materials:

John Blair, The Anglo-Saxon Age, (Oxford, 2000)

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths, Medieval Britain, (Oxford, 2000)


Peter Salway, Roman Britain, (Oxford, 2000)


Two books to be named later [only for those traveling in May]


A mug or tea cup



Readings- You are responsible for the readings assigned in this syllabus.  On the day that they are assigned you should complete them before class. Always bring the day’s reading to class. 


Preps- Each student will prepare 2 sites and one monarch, with help from instructor.  When the class arrives in Britain, students will serve as “tour guides” to their sites.  They will also serve as a communal resource about their monarchs.  Students not traveling with the class will familiarize the class with their sites and monarchs at the end of the semester.


Quizzes- There will be several scheduled quizzes on geography, rulers, and architecture.


While purely optional, there will be one or two opportunities after Winter Break to walk with your luggage.


Grading and Attendance Policy  You must get 600 points to pass the class.

Participation                            500

Quizzes                                   200

Evidence of Preps                   300 [100 each]           


You are responsible for all material covered in the classes you miss.  If you miss more than 10% of the class meetings, your final course grade will be docked.    Missing class also means you can not contribute to your participation in class. 


Special Needs:

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from illegal discrimination for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Students requesting instructional accommodations due to disabilities must arrange for such accommodations by contacting Pathways Associate for Testing and Advising Carla Coates.  She can be reached at the Pathways Center, 314 Vogel Library, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA 50677, 352-8230, <>.   Presenting documentation of a student’s disability early (before the beginning of classes) is helpful and often necessary to secure needed materials in a timely way.  Accommodations should be requested PRIOR to affected assignment due dates.  For more detailed information, please see



Honor Code/Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the representation of the work or ideas of others as your own.  Plagiarism can result from failing to cite a source, giving sufficient credit to the original authors, closely paraphrasing without attribution, and direct copying.  The Academic Policies Committee of Student Senate and the Honor Council have asked faculty to remind students that they have a “…responsibility to promote academic honesty by opposing cheating and plagiarism and reporting dishonest work”.  All forms of plagiarism and cheating will result in severe academic penalties.


By attending Wartburg College, students are demonstrating their dedication to the Honor Code.  The Honor Code reminds students of their responsibility to promote academic honesty by opposing cheating and plagiarism and reporting dishonest work.  This is a reminder of your obligation to the Honor Code (from the policy developed by students and overseen by the Student Senate, the Honor Council, and the Academic Ombudsperson).





Classroom policies:

            1.   Arrive promptly

2.      Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers, and noisy watches.

3.      You may only record my classes with my permission.

4.      If you know you must leave early, let me know before class and sit near the door.

5.      Limit exiting and reentering the classroom during the class period.  It is disruptive to your fellow students and distracting to the professor.

6.      Make sure you put your name on everything you turn in!

7.      Follow the directions on all assignments!  It will save headaches and heartaches.

8.      I have nothing against food and drink in the classroom.  Just make sure it is not too messy, smelly, or noisy- NO chips!!  AND PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF!




Schedule of classes: When texts are listed for a class session, students should arrive having already read and reflected on this material.  Assignments are listed on the dates they are due.



1/5       Introduction.  Travel Health and Hygiene


1/12     Romans in Britain.  Documents. County quiz

            Read: Roman Britain, chapters 1 and 2


1/19     Romans in Britain.   Food. Major city quiz

            Read: Roman Britain,  chapters 3 and 4


1/26     Anglo-Saxons.  Packing 101. Geographic features quiz

            Read: The Anglo-Saxon Age, chapters 1-3


2/2       Anglo-Saxons. Getting around.

            Read: The Anglo-Saxon Age, chapters 4 and 5


2/9       Anglo-Saxons.  Monasteries. Money.

            Read: The Anglo-Saxon Age, chapters 6 and 7


2/16     Norman Conquest.  Packing 201

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 1


2/23     Medieval Britain   Hosteling. Monarch quiz

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 2


Winter Break


3/9       Medieval Britain.  Castles. Air travel.

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 3 and 4


3/16     Medieval Britain.  Clothing. Architecture quiz 1

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 5


3/23     Medieval Britain.  Cathedrals. Advanced Packing

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 6

            Watch: Cathedral [video]

            Bring your packed luggage to class


3/30     Medieval Britain  Architecture quiz 2

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 7


3/6       Medieval Britain.  Last minute details.

            Read: Medieval Britain, chapter 8


Final Activity      Tuesday April 14, 5 pm.


The professor reserves the right to make changes to syllabus, and will notify students when she does so.