What is the course about?
Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula. It charts the dramatic social changes of the 14th century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises. At the same time, it studies the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom, the precursor to the Empire.
What will we cover?
The Fourteenth Century – Plague, famine, war and upheaval
• Sketch of a difficult century
• The Black Death of 1348 and its impact
• Muslims and Jews in fourteenth century Spain
• 1391 – mass attacks and forced conversion of the Jews. Aftermath: the problem of the conversos
• History of the Muslim converts to Christianity, the moriscos
The Fifteenth Century – A new Beginning or the Beginning of the End?
• Spain in the Fifteenth century – Emergence of a Global Power
• Dynastic union of Castile and Aragon under the Catholic Monarchs
• Inquisition and Purity of Blood law
• End of Al-Andalus
• Expulsion of the Jews.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
To understand how the three religions interacted with one another during the 14th and 15th centuries
To consider and critically assess the legacy and lessons learned from the co-habitation of the competing religious.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught by means of richly illustrated, interactive lectures, which will allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. Each week, there will be a general section, where the topic will be addressed in broad terms, followed by a more specific exercise looking at a particular example. There is no homework, but the tutor will provide additional materails from time-to-time, to assist with your understanding of how from this interaction, the late Medieval Spanish state begins to emerge will occasionally hand out a reading or other material – a picture, perhaps, or a piece of music – that it would be helpful to familiarise yourself with ahead of the next class. There will be a general preliminary reading list made available before the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs.
However, a pen and paper will be useful any note-taking you should like to do during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further information can be found on the City Lit website, www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details