Insiders and Outsiders in the Middle Ages (HISM149)

30 credits

Heretics, excommunicants, pilgrims, merchants, Jews – all these groups and many others were regarded to some extent as ‘outsiders’ by medieval communities.  There were many different types of ‘outsider’: temporary and permanent, voluntary and involuntary.  Medieval societies also varied hugely in who they defined as outsiders and how they treated those people.  This module will investigate the relationship between insiders and outsiders across a range of different medieval societies, investigating how different communities defined themselves and how belonging and exclusion shaped communities and individuals’ experiences.