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Welcome to History 6120: Medieval France. Students wanting to learn more about the course should consult the following links:

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Course Description
This course will examine the history of medieval France, both classic works and cutting-edge scholarship. Although the course will range widely geographically, it will focus on the period 950-1350. In Fall 2009, the course has three main themes:

1) Power and Lordship: The rise of new ideas and practices of power following the collapse of public order in the tenth century, including topics such as “the crisis of the year 1000,” the so-called “feudal revolution,” and good/bad lordship.
2) The Crown and the Regions: The development of distinct regions of France, including the rise of principalities, attempts to establish a national kingship, notions of ethnic/political identity, and possibilities for doing research on the regions.
3) Aristocratic Women and the Family: How did notions of women and family shift in the high middle ages? Topics include changes in marriage law, custom, and practice, the role of women, inheritance, and naming patterns.


Towers of Chartres Cathedral

How to Use This Page
Students should familiarize themselves with the syllabus and all of the items available under "course info" which contains course specific handouts, advice, and assignments. The syllabus and this page will be updated during the semester and these changes will be noted on the announcements page.

Robert F. Berkhofer
Dept. of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334

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