Medieval History (12th-15th Century)


a) To acquire scientifc information on the historiography and on the main trends of present research concerning the epoch
b) To develop the skill of understanding the main facts and processes of the time and space studied
c) To develop methodologies of analysis of historical sources
d) To develop capacities of oral and written expression, managing the vocabular and the specific analytical categories for the study of medieval Europe
e) To develop a critical and reflexive attitude

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Luís Inglês Fontes


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable


-Michel Balard (et al.), A Idade Média no Ocidente. Dos Bárbaros ao Renascimento, Lisboa, Publicações D. Quixote, 1994
-Jérome Baschet, La civilisation féodale. De l´an Mil à la colonisation de l´Amérique, 3ª ed rev e actual., Paris, Flammarion, 2006 (ed. brasileira, A civilização feudal. Do ano mil à colonização da América, São Paulo, Ed. Globo, 2006)
- Alain Ducellier (et al.), A Idade Média no Oriente. Bizâncio e o Islão: dos Bárbaros aos Otomanos, Lisboa, D. Quixote, 1994
- Jacques Le Goff, Jean-Claude Schmitt (dir.), Dictionnaire raisonné de l’Occident médiéval, Paris, Fayard, 1999 (ed. brasileira Dicionário temático do Ocidente medieval, Bauru, Edusc, 2002)
- Peter Linehan (et al.) (eds.), The medieval world, Londres, Routledge, 2001

Teaching method

Lectures (50%) and practical classes with continuous classroom assessment (50%).
In class teaching

Evaluation method

practical test in the classroom: commentary of a historical source(60%), practical test in the classroom: commentary of a historiographical text (40%)

Subject matter

Module 1. The historiography on the Late Middle Ages, 1950-2010

Module 2. The vitality of a civilizational area (12th-14th centuries)
1. The stabilization of the economic growth
2. The political system
3. Religious history
4. Culture, knowledge, art

Module 3. Times of crises and reconstruction (13th-14th centuries)
1. A «crisis» or many «crisis»?
2. Political and institutional History
3. Economy and society
4. Religious history
5. Culture, knowledge, art

Part 4. East and West (12th- 15th centuries)
1. The Islamic world and the Crusades
2. Byzantium


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