Medieval Paris (HIH2208A)

30 credits

This module explores Paris between the twelfth through to the early fifteenth centuries as it developed from a small town to the great metropolis of Western Europe in the late Middle Ages. We examine the artistic and cultural life of its inhabitants (including costume and fashion, music, painting, and jewellery) and consider the impact on the city and its society of economic, political and social factors in this period (including political unrest and plague). A range of primary sources (including contemporary accounts of the city and its inhabitants, architecture, poetry, music, manuscript illuminations and other artworks, medieval books) provides insights into the topography of the city, the different social orders that made up its population, cultural and artistic expression and everyday life.
This module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.