HIST 388: Topics in European History

HIST 388-004: The Cult of Saints in the Early Middle Ages
(Fall 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 120

Section Information for Fall 2019

This course surveys the changing meanings of sainthood and holiness in the medieval world from the later Roman period to the high middle ages.  Medieval people interacted with saints (both living and dead) in unique and sometimes bizarre ways, from early ascetic saints living in the Egyptian desert, to the rise of relic cults in Rome and elsewhere in the west, to a more activist notion of sainthood during the crusading era.  We will examine the changing attitudes of medieval people toward miracles, death, holiness, and the body, and the things these attitudes tell us about political, social, intellectual, and economic conditions of the medieval world. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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