Medieval Paris (HIH2208B)

30 credits

This module explores the development of Paris from a small town to the great metropolis of Western Europe in the late Middle Ages between the thirteenth to early fifteenth centuries. We consider the impact on the city and its society of economic, political and social factors in this period (including the effects of plague, war, and civil unrest) and explore the artistic and cultural life of its inhabitants (including fashion, music, manuscript painting and jewellery). A range of primary sources (including contemporary accounts of the city and its inhabitants, chronicles, music, manuscript illuminations, other material artworks) provides insight into the topography of the city, the different social orders that made up its population, and aspects of its cultural, artistic and daily life.

This module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.