HYM4690 - Pageant and Power: The Renaissance Papacy
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader: Peter Howard
Not offered in 2008
In the period 1300-1600 the papacy, as a supra-territorial institution, was central to the development of Europe. The unit explores the nature and role of the papal prince and his court and the papacy's responses to changing political, social, intellectual and cultural circumstances. The impact of changing understandings of polity, the crisis of the Great schism, urban revolt, the intellectual currents of humanism and conciliar theory, the cultural encounters and exchanges at Councils, ritual, patronage and power, architectural and visual representations, will provide the context for an exploration of different programmes of religious change from an institutional and cultural perspective.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will:
Students taking the subject at Level 4 have the additional objectives of acquiring a greater degree of analytical skills and a greater understanding of the key conceptual and methodological issues involved in using different kinds of literary and historical works in the context of social history.
Research Essay (6000 words): 60%
2 hours per week
A History or RLT Sequence