Undergraduate Course: The Northern Renaissance: Burgundian Court and Civic Culture in the Low Countries c.1430-1520 (HIST10090)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The legendary splendour of the Burgundian court was the talk of Europe in the fifteenth century and has been the subject of contradictory opinions ever since. To Huizinga its spectacles, feasts, tournaments and entry ceremonies represented the decadent end to a declining Middle Ages. More recent historians have characterized it as a period of cultural florescence - artistic and musical - to rival the 'Renaissance' in Italy. Still others have seen the dukes of Burgundy intent on creating a 'theatre-state' which hid a brutal drive to autocratic centralisation. All these issues will be examined in this course, and with particular attention to the political and ceremonial relationship between the Burgundian dukes (and their Hapsburg successors) with the cities they ruled. The region of the Low Countries was one of the most highly urbanized and vibrant regions of Europe: the cultural and religious life it generated (its processions and rituals; the Devotio Moderna and the Christian Humanism of Erasmus) are looked at in detail.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| i) Subject knowledge: to increase knowledge of the political and ceremonial relationship between the rulers of the Low Countries and their noble and urban subjects; and of the nature of court and civic culture.
ii) Discipline skills: increase awareness of the historical evidence, how to handle it and the debates about it.
iii) Writing skills: develop through writing essays for the course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3764
|Course secretary||Miss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030