What is the course about?
The life and times of Emperor Maximilian.
What will we cover?
We will look at the art and culture of the court of Maximilian I (King of the Romans from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1493). Maximilian has been rather neglected by historians who have tended to focus attention on his grandson, Charles V of Spain. We will also touch upon Maximilian’s remarkable daughter, Margaret of Austria, who was Governor of the Hapsburg Netherlands from 1507-1515 and then from 1519 until her death in 1530.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain how the Habsburgs came to acquire the Netherlands and Spain
• Describe how Maximilian attempted to unite his territories
• Assess the royal imagery fostered by Maximilian and Margaret as patrons of the arts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be an informative talk using PowerPoint, during which we will read original sources (in translation) and class discussion will be encouraged. You are invited to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need only bring note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European history.