Spring 2016 - HIST 220 D100

Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe (3)

Class Number: 5809

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2016
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby



An introduction to the world of late Medieval and Renaissance Europe (c.1200-c.1500). Breadth-Humanities.


This course offers an introduction to the world of late medieval and Renaissance Europe (c.1200 – c.1500). Our principal themes include the changing shape of medieval spirituality; the clash and integration of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures; the rise of new forms of secular government and religious authority; the crises of the fourteenth century; and the culture of “the Renaissance” in Italy. To help us forge our understanding of these issues, we will work closely with a wide range of primary sources — from eyewitness accounts of the Black Death to the trial records of Joan of Arc, from the writings of St. Francis to Inquisition records.


In addition to teaching students the fundamental developments of this historical era, HIST 220 aims to train students in one of the historian’s most essential tasks: the close and rigorous analysis of primary sources. By reading and writing about these documents, and by discussing them in the context of tutorial, students will deepen their understanding of these vital analytical tools. At the same time, they will be taught how to strengthen their own skills of analysis and how to apply those skills successfully, both inside and outside the classroom.


  • Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Primary Source Analyses 25%
  • Final exam 35%



Patrick Geary, ed., Readings in Medieval History Volume II: The Later Middle Ages, 4th Edition (U of T Press, 2010).
ISBN: 9781442601178

Barbara H. Rosenwein, A Short History of the Middle Ages, Volume II: From c. 900 to c. 1500, 4th edition (U of T Press, 2014).
ISBN: 9781442606173

Copies of these books will be available at the SFU bookstore and on reserve at Bennett Library. Additional readings will be available on e-reserve at Bennett library.  

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