Governing and societies: In-depth questions I (B. The Middle Ages)

lhist2362  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Governing and societies: In-depth questions I (B. The Middle Ages)
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2019-2020
Lecuppre Gilles;
The course deals whith the various players of power inside the Burgundian space, putting emphasis on the northern part of these territories ("pays de par-deçà).
Whereas historians are debating the reality of a state-building project by the Valois dukes, it is certainly important to investigate the motivations and means of the people who kept political life going in these principalities.  Considering in the first place the values and convictions which were displayed by princes, we will study the tangible aspects of authority, through its transfer (duchess, governor, ambassador), its emotional and even passionate sides (councilors and protégés), its chaotic routine (officers) and the continuous dialogue with subjects (representative assemblies and rebellions). Far from a fruitless description of the mere institutions, we hope to present power as a living and incarnate topic.

Evaluation methods

The final written examination will consist in commenting on a medieval document, and writing a short composition - both of the exercises requiring knowledge and a critical mind.
Online resources
Powerpoint projections related to the course sessions, as well as all analysed documents, will be made available through the Moodle platform on the course site.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History

Master [120] in History