HIST 1123

HIST 1123

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

Every year, the German city of Aachen awards the Charlemagne Prize to individuals who have promoted European unity.  At a time when the value and existence of the European Union are increasingly questioned, we should perhaps look back at the medieval king from whom the prize takes its name.  The legacy of Charlemagne and his dynasty, the Carolingians, has haunted us until the present day.  In the present course, we will follow medieval Europe's most famous family from their rise in post-Roman Gaul to their supposed decline two centuries later.  Our purpose is not simply to count kings and their famous deeds, but to unravel the social and cultural dynamics of the Carolingian period by surveying a variety of legal, historical, and religious sources.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18287 HIST 1123   SEM 101

  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute