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Undergraduate Course: Rome 'Caput Mundi': Curia, Cardinals and Courtesans from 1300 to 1590 (LLLE07010)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

The development of Rome and the papal court from the later Middle Ages until the second half of the 16th century is one of the most dynamic periods in the history of the Catholic church, beginning with the Schism and ending with the Reformation and Counter Reformation. The course will examine key trends in papal politics, church finances and the economic development of the city, as well as life in the streets and at the courts, including patronage of architecture, art and intellectual life.
Course description Content of course
1. The Jubilee of 1300; the Roman Barons; Popeless Rome and Cola di Rienzo and Petrarch
2. The Great Schism, John XXII and the Council of Constance; Martin V up to 1430; Papal bureaucracy and finance
3. Mid 15th century: Renovatio Romae, Nicholas V, Alberti, Lorenzo Valla and the Humanists
4. The High Renaissance: Sixtus IV (library); Borgia Rome and the Papal States; Nepotism; Vannozza Cattanei and libertine mores; Pilgrims, Indulgences and Jubilees
5. The Golden Years: Julius II and Leo X; politics, war and society. Urban developments and papal finances. The expansion of the College of Cardinals: princely courts, the growth of patronage, the benefice system, titular churches and palaces. The Greeks and Humanism at the Curia.
6. Art, Architecture and Society in High Renaissance Rome: the rediscovery of Classical Rome; Bramante, Michelangelo and Raphael: the Belvedere; Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Stanze; other palaces and villas; Courtesans and Foreigners in Rome; Rome as Teatro Mundi and a peculiarly Roman tradition: Pasquino
7. Clement VII: Italian politics, the Colonna and the Sack of Rome; the aftermath of the Sack, and an assessment of Clement┐s pontificate. Papal foreign policy and the growing crisis in the north. An overview of the position of women in High Renaissance Rome.
8. Paul III and The Catholic Reformation (Pole, Vittoria Colonna, Michelangelo and the Spirituali); Florentine exiles; Farnese intrigues; the Jesuits and the Inquisition; Foreign relations.
9. The 1550s and 1560s: Counter-Reformation Rome; Carafa, the Great Inquisitor and the Index; the downfall of the Carafa. Counter-Reformation art and architecture: short analysis of the artistic issues discussed by the Council of Trent (representations of female sanctity). New architectural patterns for new religious orders: The Jesuits and the Oratorians
10. Sistine Rome: Urban remodelling and Domenico Fontana. The Vatican: completion of the Dome, the Library and Obelisks. Church administration and foreign relations. Conclusion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
┐ understand the renovation of Rome and re-establishment of the Papal States and the role of the Papal Prince, the Curia and the cardinal┐s courts
┐ demonstrate knowledge of the Counter Reformation during the sixteenth century
┐ identify certain works of art and architecture in Rome during the early and High Renaissance and early Baroque
┐ demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills in the assessment.
Reading List
Partner, P., 1976.Renaissance Rome, 1500-1559: a portrait of a society. Berkeley, University of California Press.
Stinger, C. L., 1998. The Renaissance in Rome. Bloomington, Indiana University Press.
Partridge, L., 2006.The Art of Renaissance Rome. Prentice Hall.
Black, C. F., 2009. The Italian inquisition. New Haven:Yale University Press.
Black, C. F., 2004. Church, religion, and society in early modern Italy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Burke, J. and B., Michael (eds.), 2008. Art and Identity in Early Modern Rome, London: Ashgate.
Chambers, D.1997. Renaissance cardinals and their worldly problems. Aldershot: Variorum.
Cohen, T. V., 1993. Words and deeds in Renaissance Rome: trials before the papal magistrates. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Hall, M.B. (ed), 2005. Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hollingsworth, M., 1994. Patronage in Renaissance Italy from 1400 to the Early Sixteenth Century, John Murray (especially Part Four: Rome).
Hollingsworth, Mary and Richardson, Carol M.,2010. The possessions of a Cardinal: politics, piety, and art, 1450-1700. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Hook, J. 2nd edn., 2004. The Sack of Rome, 1527. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Prodi, P.,1987. The Papal Prince. One Body and Two Souls: The Papal Monarchy in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Richardson, Carol M., 2009. Reclaiming Rome: cardinals in the fifteenth century. Leiden: Brill. Setton, Kenneth M.,1984. The Papacy and the Levant (1204-1571). Vols. 2-3, Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society.
Partner, P.,1972. The lands of St. Peter: the Papal State in the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. Berkeley : University of California Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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