Unless otherwise stated all lectures will be given in the Examination Schools
Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 1 pm
Landholding Practices in England and Hungary
Wednesday 6th November 2013, 1 pm
Magna Carta and the Golden Bulls: European Synchronicities
Wednesday 20th November 2013, 1 pm
Two Sick Kingdoms and the Medicinal Remedy of Excommunication and Interdict
Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1 pm
The Non-Alienation Clauses in the English and Hungarian Coronation Oaths
Wednesday 4th December 2013, 1 pm
The Congé d’Élire of English Kings: Was the Langton Incident an Exception?
Course content: This series offers an introduction to the basic structures, developments, personalities and events which formed and conditioned European society during the High Middle Ages and explains the place of England and Hungary within the broader cultural, political and social commonwealth which constituted medieval Europe. It adds to the discussion about the degree to which, if at all, the English Magna Carta (1215) influenced the Hungarian Golden Bull (1222) by showing the similarities and differences in landholding practices. It points out the role of the pope as the overlord of both kingdoms, and his surprisingly equal treatment of both kingdoms when asked by them for intervention or help; the readiness of the Curia to revoke oaths which both kings had sworn under pressure from the local nobility being the most clear example of this.
Learning outcome: The course helps to identify and explain the key historiographical debates concerning the place of England within twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe. Through the analysis of a range of primary sources related to political, religious and constitutional developments in England and Central Europe, the student will gain a better understanding of the thirteenth-century zeitgeist.