- Student will gain knowledge of and insight in the most important aspects and developments in the later Middle Ages, with an emphasis on royal and noble courts as well as the role of towns. This will clarify the social dynamics of the period as well as the developments in art, architecture, music and literature of the period.
- Students will be introduced to different research traditions from different disciplines working in this field.
- After absolving the course they will be able to find, investigate and employ primary sources
This course is part of the minor The Middle Ages.|
This third course of the minor 'Middle Ages' is explicitly interdisciplinary and provides an overview of the roles of towns and courts and their interrelationship. The course will focus on developemnts in the Low Countries in the late Middle Ages. After a more general start the course will then focus on the Burgundian court and its relations with towns in the Low Countries. Among the topics we will be dealing with conflicts between court and towns, the uses of architecture in town development, the changing function and meaning of art in its manifold manifestations (music, painting, sculpture, literature), the role of patrons, guilds and and networks in society. The classes will be taught by faculty from different disciplines: art history (Dr. Martine Meuwese, Dr. Merlijn Hurx), history (Dr. Bram van den Hoven van Genderen), Dutch language and literature (Dr. Cécile de Morrée), and music (Dr. Ruxandra Marinescu).
LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major, need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment. See for more information: https://tcs.sites.uu.nl/