Twelfth-Century Europe

HI 295 [Special Topics]

Winter 2007           TR 1:00-2:40            


Dr. Erika Lindgren                                                             

314 Luther Hall                                                                       


Office Hours: MF 10:45011:45, T 3-4, and by appt.


Course Description

This course examines European social, political, cultural, economic, religious, intellectual and artistic development during the long 12th century.


Course Goals:  By the end of the term you should be able to:

1.      Express a broad understanding of the long 12th century.  This is the “Big Picture.”

2.      Show knowledge of the key historical figures, events and institutions that shaped this period.

3.      Read, discuss, and write about medieval primary source documents, medieval art, and the work of modern medieval historians of this period.

4.      Understand how historians and art historians practice their craft.

5.      Uncover some of the links between our current society and that of the past.

6.      Have some fun!


This course is Interconnected with Humanities/Fine Arts, and is linked specifically with the discipline of Art [and Architecture].


Required Texts

David Crouch, William Marshall: Knighthood, War and Chivalry, 1147-1219, (Longman, 2002)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, edited by Betty Radice, revised by M. T. Clanchy (Penguin, 2003)

The Life of Christina of Markyate, edited by C. H. Talbot (Medieval Academy, 1998)

Maureen Miller, The Bishop’s Palace, (Cornell, 2002)

Jonathan Phillips, The Crusades: 1095-1197  (Longman, 2002)


Website: contains copies of the syllabus and assignments.



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. Taking notes on what you read, on your computer, in a notebook, or in the margins of the text, will assist you in summarizing and remembering the major points of the texts.  The Reading Journal will also help with this.


Reading Journal- Each student will keep a reading journal, typed or legibly handwritten.


Manuscript assignment- This assignment calls for you to describe one manuscript in the University of Iowa’s collection from both a historical and art historical standpoint.


Take home midterm- You will be given a choice of essays to answer related to the course material.  You may use the course books to write the exam.


Take home final- You will be given a choice of essays to answer related to the course material.  You may use the course books to write the exam


Late work will not be accepted unless prior arrangement has been made with the professor


Participation-Any in-class writing assignments or quizzes will count towards your participation grade.  All students are expected to contribute to the discussion of class readings, assignments, and lectures.


Grading and Attendance Policy

Participation                             30%

Reading Journal                        10%

Manuscript Assignment 10%

Take home midterm                  25%

Take home final                        25%


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. 


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, which include receiving a failing grade for the course.  ALL WORK YOU TURN IN MUST BE YOUR OWN PRODUCED FOR THIS CLASS!


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).


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 the Dean of Students Alexander Smith.  He can be reached at the Student Life Office, Wartburg College, Luther Hall 206, 352-8260, <>"


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: Readings to be completed before class on the day they are listed.


Week 1   

1/9       Introductions and The Lion in Winter


1/11     The Lion in Winter

Read: William Marshal, introduction and chapter 1


Week 2          

1/16     The early career of a knight

Read: William Marshal, chapters 2-3


1/18     English politics

Read: William Marshal, chapter 4


Week 3          

            1/23     Warriors of the 12th century

Read: William Marshal, chapters 5-8, appendix ii


            1/25     Medieval Manuscripts

Read: TBD


Week 4          

1/30     Field trip to Special Collections at the University of Iowa to view medieval manuscripts

Read: Christina, introduction


2/1       12th century English women

Read: Christina, pp. 35-99


Week 5          

            2/6       Recluses, anchorites and nuns

Read: Christina, pp. 99- 193

                        Manuscript assignment due 


            2/8       12thc. Education

Read: Abelard and Heloise, Letter 1


Week 6          

2/13     Love, lust and religion

Read: Abelard and Heloise, Letters 2-5


            2/15     Monastic Life

Read: Abelard and Heloise, Selections from Letters 6-8


Week 7

            2/20     The Legacy of Abelard and Heloise

Read: Abelard and Heloise, “Letters of Abelard and Heloise in Today’s Scholarship,” Appendix, 3 letters between Peter the Venerable and Heloise.


            2/22     TBD

                        NO READING

Take home midterm due


Week 8          

2/27     The First Crusade

Read: Crusades, chapters 1-3


2/1       Crusader Kingdoms

Read: Crusades, chapters 4-5


Week 9           WINTER BREAK


Week 10

            3/13     The Second Crusade

Read: Crusades, chapters 6-8


            3/15     Into the Third Crusade

Read:  Crusades, chapters 9-13


Week 11        

3/20     TBD


3/22     Read: The Bishop’s Palace, introduction and chapter1


Week 12        

3/27     Read:  The Bishop’s Palace, chapter 2


3/29     Read: The Bishop’s Palace, chapter 3


Week 13        

4/3       Read: The Bishop’s Palace, part II.and chapter 4


4/5       Read: The Bishop’s Palace, chapter 5


Easter Break begins at 5:35 on Thursday, April 5th, through April 9th


Week 14

            4/10     Read: The Bishop’s Palace, chapter 6 and Conclusion


            4/12     TBD


Take home final is due by 3:30 Monday April 16 in my office.


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