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'World of the Tavern' - Programme, Themes & Dates

This advanced option is structured in three parts:

I. Approaches II. Themes III. Relations

Click on seminar links for further information on topics and resources. It is planned to offer all sessions face-to-face on
Mondays 11-13 (H0.56, Group 1) or 2-4 (S0.13, Group 2).




[week 1] Year 3 options start in week 2


[week 2] Module framework and introduction 

[week 3] Historiography


[week 4] Early modern voices




[week 5] Catering

[week 6 = Reading Week]


[week 7] Regulation

Guidance meeting for dissertations by agreement


Publican from Cessolis, De ludo scacchorum (1458)

'Innkeeper', miniature from a manuscript of De ludo scacchorum by Jacobus de Cessolis (1458),
taken from the facsimile edition of Vatican Library, MS Cod. Pal. Lat. 961,
published by Belser Verlag, Zurich 1988, f. 46r.


[week 8] Group presentation on publicans, introduced by:
Matthew, Rhys & Sophie (11 am seminar) / George, Jack & Niall (2 pm seminar)


[week 9] Group presentation on economic and socio-cultural services, introduced by:
Dan, Euan, Jake & Luke (11 am seminar) / Ashley, Caitlin & Em (2 pm seminar)


Book Review: please upload max. 1,500 words formatted in line with UG handbook styleguide (i.e. using footnotes and a supporting bibliography) by the deadline specified on Tabula.


[week 10] Group presentation on gender roles, introduced by:
Charlotte, Ellie, Genevieve & Tinius (11 am seminar) / Alice, Emily & Geron (2 pm seminar)

NB: Titles and materials for public house projects & dissertations to be finalized with module tutor by the end of the autumn term.


Spring Term


[week 11] Crime: Publicans & Patrons


Dissertation writers: please send electronic copy of (i) a 1-page outline of topic, research questions, planned content/structure and (ii) a bibliography of key primary/secondary resources, by noon on Friday of week 11


[week 12]  Sex and the Early Modern Public House

Please remember to work on your public house projects / dissertations alongside regular weekly tasks.


[week 13] Long-term-changes (medieval/early modern)


[week 14] Long-term-changes (early modern/modern)


[week 15] Module Conference: class presentations on public house projects & essays


[week 16 = Reading Week]




[week 17] Church and tavern


[week 18] Spaces - no regular class but Field Trip to historic public houses in the region on SATURDAY 5 March 2022
(pandemic situation permitting)

[week 19] Tavern and local authorities


Public house projects due on Tabula by the departmental deadline specified on Tabula]


[week 20] Interdisciplinary approaches



Summer Term


[week 21] Conclusion


[week 22/23]  Revision sessions by agreement


Dissertations due on Tabula by the departmental deadline specified on Tabula


Oral engagement self-reflection due by the deadline specified on Tabula.


2-question / 2-hour exam to be scheduled at some point in weeks 4-9 by the university



Inn sign of the former Golden Falcon in Bern

Inn sign of the former Golden Falcon in Bern. Photo: BK.