Whores, heretics and lepers
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HEH49
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
We will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature
What will we cover?
There will be three presentations: Oversexed, Overdressed and Over the Edge: defining the ‘other’; Lepers,
Muslims and Jews in Medieval Literature; and Altered Images: the Outcast in Medieval Art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
*Describe how the church influenced medieval society’s perceptions of the ‘other’
• Explain the medieval view of sexuality
• Describe the impact of the Crusades on the treatment of Arabs and Jews in medieval Europe
• Identify features used to depict the ‘outcast’ in medieval art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our 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?
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?
No additional costs; please bring pen and paper for any optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European and global history. 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.