Fall 2016

The Age of Chivalry, 1000-1500

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-225  |  History, as HIST-225

Formerly listed as: WAGS-22  |  WAGS-23


Jun Hee Cho (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 225 [EUP] and EUST 225.) Medieval Europe is often remembered and imagined as a chivalric civilization – a time when men were courageous and courteous, ladies were fair and respected, and the clash of arms was also an embodiment of Christian piety.  This course seeks to uncover the myths and realities of medieval chivalry and thereby provide a window into the material, social, and cultural life of the Middle Ages. The course will track the beginnings of chivalry as a form of warfare centered on the horseback soldier, to its transformation as a code of conduct and ethos of a ruling class, and its later formalization into rituals and ceremonies to be performed and enacted as a means of social distinction.  By examining documentary, fictional and pictorial sources, the course will review how competing ideals of chivalry were depicted and prescribed; how Christian ideals, aristocratic values and commercial realities aligned together; and how a mode of fighting became a way of life that defined an era.  Two class meetings per week. 

Fall semester. Visiting Professor Cho.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017