Dates and venues to be confirmed
25th May 2015 12 noon, History Faculty Lecture Theatre
Business Risks in the Medieval Age
25th May 2015 1 pm, History Faculty Lecture Theatre
How to Finance a Crusade
29th May 2015 12 noon, History Faculty Lecture Theatre
Accountancy in the Medieval Age: Myth or Reality?
29th May 2015 1 pm, History Faculty Lecture Theatre
How to Finance University Studies in the Medieval Age
Course content: Most scholars agree that small-scale capitalism was omnipresent during the Middle Ages and that large-scale capitalism existed at the same time in Belgium and Italy. The opposite opinion is held by Spanish anthropologist Bartolomé Clavero who denies the existence of an economy as early as the Middle Ages and accepts only the concept of ‘the economy of charity’. Jacque Le Goff added that it is impossible to speak of capitalism, or even pre-capitalism, in the Middle Ages before the end of the 15th century, arguing that bankruptcy is the only phenomenon 13th/14th century societies had in common with modern fully developed capitalistic societies.
This course of lectures will answer the basic questions about the development and use of financial instruments in the period 1100-1400. It will show that there are more similarities between medieval and modern capitalism than just bankruptcy.
11th July 2015 10.30 am, The British Legal Conference, University of Reading
Magna Carta and the Golden Bulls: European Synchronicities
12 Noon 2nd May 2014, Examination Schools
Robert Sorbonne and his College: Funding the Institution.
12 Noon 9th May 2014, Examination Schools
Students versus the Chancellor: Paris University
12 Noon 16th May 2014, Examination Schools
Church, University and Aristotle
12 Noon 6th June 2014, History Faculty
The Origins of Medieval Universities
12 Noon 13th June 2014, History Faculty
The Pope and the University: Promoter or Destroyer?
Course content: This course shows how the student community fought for its rights and privileges with the papal, imperial and municipal authorities and how they built their internal regulatory structures within the university. Surviving records are generous in informing us about the ways the students financed their studies, about their age and social origin as well as the curricula offered by the universities. The existence of mechanisms to ensure that the medieval student received value for money demonstrates how the medieval societies were in the front line in developing their university structures.
Learning outcome: The series helps the student to understand the spirit of the contemporary university by looking at its medieval counterpart. It makes the students aware that they have their say, dissuades them from the passive attitude of expecting that the university offer everything and encourages the students to take an active part in university management. A fuller understanding of the workings of such a complex institution as a university will help the student to transfer this understanding to modern everyday life in dealing with other complex institutions.
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 1 pm
The Thirteenth Century Papacy: The First M-firm?
Wednesday 5th February 2014, 1 pm
The Medieval Papacy: Locale, Structure and Controls
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 1 pm
Electoral practice: Headquarters versus Local Boards
Wednesday 19th February 2014, 1 pm
Papal Bargaining Chips
Wednesday 26th February 2014, 1 pm
The Papal Judicial System: A Source of Authority and Tool of Unification
Course content: In order to give the student a modern analogy
for the structure of the medieval Church, the structure of a
multinational corporation is used although it is stressed that the
mission statements of the two would be vastly different: the corporation
being motivated by profit and the Church being motivated by the belief
in Eternal Salvation. The course identifies the reasons for the
international success of the Roman Church not only in its unique
structure but also in its ability to provide standardised services that
were adopted throughout Europe.
Learning outcome: It will be emphasised that that are many ways of examining the same phenomenon which need not be contradictory but instead enrich the study. This series will encourage the student to think ‘out of the box’. By combining the standard way of looking at the Church, as a source of religious and moral teachings, with an economic and market-oriented viewpoint, the Humanities-trained mind will gain a more practical businesslike awareness. As Professor Humphries has recently said: ‘It is desirable ... to enhance the gaining of business and managerial skills with a training in historical methodology and a more sophisticated understanding of the past’.
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 offered 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 added 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 pointed 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.