History

The Buda Castle

The Buda Castle

 

Renaissance, Reformation, and the Exploration of New Worlds (Europe and the Mediterranean World, 1454-1599)

The course will explore the social and cultural basis of Early Modern civilisation in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1454 to 1599. Drawing on archaeological evidence, literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, it will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of national and religious identities.

 

Tutor:                    Mark Patton

Time:                     Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dates:                   Sept 19 – Nov 28 (half term Oct 24)

                               Jan 9 – March 20 (half term Feb 13)

                               April 24 – June 12 (half term May 29)

Time:                     Fridays 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Dates:                   Sept 22 – Dec 1 (half term Oct 27)

                               Jan 12 – March 23 (half term Feb 16)

                               April 27 – June 15 (half term June 1)

Venue:                 Gosling Room

Fees:                     HLSI members £95 for a 10-week term

                              £68 for 7-week summer term

                              Non-members £120 for a 10-week term

                              £86 for 7-week summer term

Autumn Term.

 

Week 1

After the Fall: The World in 1454.

Week 2

The Sublime Porte: The Ottoman Empire from Mehmet II to Mehmet III.

Week 3

‘Like a ray of light’: The Printing Revolution.

Week 4

Signorie and Repubbliche: The City States of late 15th Century Italy.

Week 5

The Dignity of Man: Humanism in late 15th Century Italy.

Week 6

The Florentine Academy: The Rediscovery of Greek Texts.

Week 7

‘Scourge and Fire’: Savonarola and Renaissance Florence.

Week 8

Visit to the National Gallery.

Week 9

‘Following the Light’: Iberia and the World, 1453-1517.

Week 10

The Light of Isfahan: Iran and the Safavid Empire.

 

Spring Term.

 

Week 1

‘The Vigorous Exercise of Spiritual Authority’: Politics and the Papacy, 1454-1534.

Week 2

‘The Duties of a Gentleman’: Court Life in High Renaissance Italy.

Week 3

‘De Revolutionibus’: The Scientific Renaissance in Europe.

Week 4

The Other Renaissance: Alchemy, Astrology & Magic in 16th Century Europe.

Week 5

Visit to the National Gallery.

Week 6

Between Folly and Utopia: 16th Century Humanism in Northern Europe.

Week 7

‘By Faith Alone’: Martin Luther and the Challenge to Catholicism.

Week 8

‘Roused to Fear’: John Calvin and the Theology of Predestination.

Week 9

‘Via Media’: The Evolution of the English Church.

Week 10.

‘In Fine Frenzy Rolling’: Poetry and Drama in Sixteenth Century England.

 

Summer Term.

Week 1

‘The Joy of Living’: Humanism in 16th Century France.

Week 2

‘Exsurge Domine’: The Counter-Reformation and the Wars of Religion.

Week 3

The Polish Golden Age: A Judeo-Christian Renaissance.

Week 4

The Third Rome? Moscow and Russia from Ivan III to Boris Godunov.

Week 5

The Age of the Conquistadors: Iberia and the Americas, 1518-99.

Week 6

Beauty and Form: The Architecture of the European Renaissance.

Week 7

Renaissance; Reformation; Exploration: The Biographies of Ideas.

Reading List

None of these is essential to the course: they are simply introductions to some of the themes we will be exploring.

 

K. Bartlett (ed.) 2011 The Civilisation of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook.

F. Braudel 1992 The Perspective of the World.

F. Braudel 1996 The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.

J. Hall 1994 The Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance.

P. Johnson 2000 The Renaissance: A Short History.

D. MacCulloch 2016 All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation.

M. Spalding 2010 The History of the Protestant Reformation.

See also Two-day short Courses: Dante’s Divine Comedy in translation