Life in Medieval Germany

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Life in Medieval Germany

<p>The term “Middle Ages” describes the epoch of European History between Antiquity and Modern Times. Away from the bigger picture of wars, monarchies and empire building, the way of everyday life and

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The term “Middle Ages” describes the epoch of European History between Antiquity and Modern Times. Away from the bigger picture of wars, monarchies and empire building, the way of everyday life and the smaller events shaping local economies is often overlooked. Rediscover those hidden facets of German history.


COURSE OUTLINE
The Medieval Epochs can be divided into three eras: Early, High and Late Middle Ages. Across these three periods we will be looking at the development of the following factors shaping life in various different parts of Germany at the time:

  • Architecture (Carolingian, Romanesque and Gothic castles, churches and cathedrals)
  • Arts & Literature (e.g. the Cross of Mathilde, the Ada Gospels, Walther von der Vogelweide)
  • Crafts, Commerce & Trade (guilds, merchants, organisations, stapling, money, roads & rivers)
  • Demographics & Urbanisation (population numbers, density; rural exodus)
  • Politics & Society (local power struggles & alliances; serfdom, science, health/medicine)
  • Religion (Christianisation, disputes, sectarian violence/pogroms, monasteries)

We will not only look at the situation in bigger cities such as Cologne, Lübeck, Magdeburg and Nuremberg, but also some smaller towns, several of which have survived WW II intact and thus provide the opportunity to experience original buildings and even complete town planning setups.


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

  1. Distinguish the historical periods within the Middle Ages.
  2. Name the main events shaping the historical course of the region.
  3. Identify the various other factors impacting on people’s lives in medieval Germany.
  4. Describe the regional differences prevailing in various parts of medieval Germany.