Plague, famine and war: Fourteenth century Europe
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH12
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The study of western Europe between 1300 and 1400.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We begin by discussing Europe in 1300 and move on to look at the causes of the Great Famine followed by the causes and consequences of the Black Death. Thereafter we look at France and England during the first half of the Hundred Years War; the Holy Roman Empire; Italy; Spain; queenship and art literature.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Assess the validity of such terms as “the calamitous fourteenth century” and the “Age of Chivalry” used to define the period 1300-1400.
• Describe the social and economic impact of the Black Death
• identify the key events of the Hundred Years’ War during the fourteenth century
• Explain the issues faced by German Emperors in the exercise of power and how Charles IV, in particular, dealt with them.
• Discuss opportunities and limitations faced by queens during the period.
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?
Each week there will be a PowerPoint presentation and a seminar-style discussion of original sources (in translation) pertinent to the topic. 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. You will be encouraged to do homework reading to foster debate.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need only bring note-taking materials. All reading materials will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European and World history. Please see the City Lit website.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.
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.