The 13th Century: A Global Perspective

In the 13th century the monarchs of western Europe were dominated by the papacy and identified as rulers of western Christendom. The 4th-12th Crusades which ended in 1298 failed to control the Holy City of Jerusalem. The vast Mongol empire of Genghis Khan and his descendants expanded into eastern Europe and throughout China. Marco Polo’s travels in China and the Crusades enhanced our knowledge of the Classical cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the lands further east. The Magna Carta sealed in 1215 by King John of England has been celebrated for 800 years as a landmark statement of legal rights.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Bressler, Richard, (2018), The Thirteenth Century World, McFarland, ISBN-10 1476671850
  • Blockmans, Wim, (2017), Introduction to Mediaeval Europe, Routledge, ISBN-10 1138214396

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The domination of western Christendom by the Papacy, persecution of the Cathars and the wars on heresy. The beginnings of the Papal Inquisition and rampant anti semitism
  • The Mongol Empire of Central Asia, China and Eastern Europe and its impact on the 13th century world, role of Genghis Khan and his descendants
  • The role of key individuals including King Henry 111, Simon de Montfort, Roger Bacon (England) Kings Louis IX, the warrior saint and Philip IV (France), Dante and the Medici family (Italy)
  • Art, literature, architecture, science and medicine in the 13th century

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a sound understanding of the key events and developments throughout the 13th century, interaction of empires, travellers, crusaders, explorers
  2. Discuss the role of key figures and leaders in the 13th century
  3. Assess the similarities and differences between dominant 13th c trends and those in our 21st century
  4. Gain an understanding of the role of women and the prevailing attitudes towards women in the 13th c empires
$113 Limited / $102

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