Heaven, Hell and Damnation before 1500
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: HEH04
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The medieval Christian view of the afterlife.
What will we cover?
Using texts and images we will look at the development of the concept of heaven, hell and purgatory in Medieval Europe.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Trace the history of heaven and hell from the ancient Egyptians to the Middle Ages
• Identify scenes from Dante’s Divine Comedy in the fresco of Hell by di Cione in Santa Maria Novella
• Debate on the impact of the Book of Revelation on apocalyptic iconography
• Describe the impact of the Reformation on belief in the afterlife.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of the subject is required 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 a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate key points and reading of contemporary extracts (in
translation). There will also be whole group discussion. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs apart from your own note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other European medieval history courses. Please see the City Lit website.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University, and Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, as well as European history from the Fall of Rome to 1800. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: https://queenshipinpreconquestengland.wordpress.com/ Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.