Specific primary documents and questions will be assigned to augment topics discussed in lecture. Please see below or the lecture schedule for specific dates. Each response must be 1-2 or 2-3 pages long depending on the topic. Responses are worth 20 points. Discussions are due during class and students must specifically refer to the documents to receive full credit. Please cite using in-text citations (author or title and paragraph number if available) or footnotes. Failure to include citations will result in a loss of points.
All documents are from your sourcebook unless indicated
Discussion 1- Anglo-Saxon Christianity (2-3 pages) 12 September
Discussion 2- Alfred the Great (in class only) 19 September
Discussion 3 - Norman Invasion (2-3 pages) 26 September
The documents above represent almost all of the source material we have for the Norman Conquest and concern the important issues of who was the rightful king of England in 1066 and why the English were not successful in defeating the Normans at Hastings.
1. Break these documents into the following sections 1) Harold's visit to William 2) Harold being chosen as king and the type of king he was 3) the Battle of Hastings and why the English were defeated. Looking at these documents outline where they agree and disagree regarding what occurred.
2. How important are the differences found in the above documents? Which specific questions are difficult to answer giving the source material available.
The Persecution of the Jews
1. Discuss the situation of the Jewish community in the Middle Ages. What justifications are given?
Discussion 5 - Nobles, Church and Crown (2-3 pgs) 15 October
1. Outline the arguments for the crown, nobles and church. In what areas are they willing to acknowledge the power of the others?
Discussion 6 - Peasants Revolt (2 pgs) 5 November
1. Outline the demands of the peasants. While the king did agree to meet these demands, he quickly went back on his word. Could Richard have reasonably granted any of the demands of the peasants?
2. How do the documents present events in order to put the peasants in a negative light?
Discussion 7 - Joan of Arc (in class only) 12 November
1. By all accounts, Joan was exactly what history has remembered her as - a common peasant girl, who believing she was sanctioned by God, convinced Charles to grant her troops which she led to victory against the English. One of the difficulties in a series of events such as this is dealing with the fact that Joan of Arc believed she heard angels and saints who gave her messages from God. As Christians and historians how do we assess this? How do we analyze the motives and seemingly miraculous events of Joan's life?
Discussion 8 - Reformation (2 pgs) 21 November
1. Looking at these documents, what aspects of society and religion was the state attempting to control?
2. What are the limitations placed on Catholics and Puritans?
Discussion 9 - Stewart England (2 pages) 10 December
1. All of these documents discuss the civil war. Analyze the different reasons presented for why England descended into civil war.