Professor: Charles Radding
406A Morrill Hall
Note: The professor reserves the right to adjust or otherwise alter assignments as necessary
during the course of the semester.
Week 1 (26 Aug.)
Tues.: Introduction to the course
Thurs.: Read: Tellenbach, pp. 22-65. This section of the book provides an overview of
European society in the late tenth and early eleventh century. In reading it, students should
notice the categories of analysis used by Tellenbach and how he applies them to different
geographical regions. They will be expected to be able to discuss this material in class.
Week II (2 Sept.)
Tues.: Read: Tellenbach, 65-90
Writing assignment: Based on your reading, write 500 words on the papacy in the period
before 1050. Your focus should be either the structure and operation of the internal operation
of the papacy as an institution (how were the popes chosen; what assistants did they have and
how were those others officials used); or, alternatively, on the nature of papal power. Bring 21
copies of the paper with you so that it can be discussed in class.
Thurs: Read: Tellenbach, 91-134
Week III (9 Sept.)
Tues.: Read: Fuhrmann, 19-46
Thurs.: Read: Fuhrmann, 47-50; Tellenbach, 135-84
Week IV (16 Sept.)
Read: Tellenbach, 185-52; Fuhrmann, 53-81
Tues.: Writing assignment: Compare the interpretations put forth by Tellenbach and Fuhrmann
of either Henry IV or Gregory VII. Length: 4-6 pages
Week V (23 Sept.)
Working with sources. Assignment to be made later.
Week VI (30 Sept.)
Week VII (7 Oct.)
Read: Madden, chapters 1,2,3,7-9
Week VIII (14 Oct.)
Tellenbach, 253-353; Fuhrmann, 81-134
Week IX (21 Oct.)
Thurs.: Writing assignment. Write a 5-7 page paper on one of the following topics:
1) Discuss the effect of the Investiture Contest on either the empire or the papacy.
2) Compare the course of the Investiture Contest in England and on the continent.
3) Discuss the motivations prompting the Crusades: were everyone's motivations the same?
Classes will not meet to allow time for research and writing, but all students are required to
meet with me at least once to discuss the progress of their research.
13 Nov.: First drafts due of term paper. The drafts should be complete, with footnotes, and
they will be returned with suggestions for revisions and improvements.
Weeks XIII-XV: In-class presentations of research
The presentations should provide an understandable account of a historical problem, the sources
available to study it, and current interpretations.
Friday, December 5th: research papers due.