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Module-Renaissance Europe II (Syllabus & Reading List) 2022-23-Term 2

Term 2: 'Renaissance Europe II: Movement, Revolution, and Conflict' (RS201 & RS301)

Classes are on Mondays, 14:00-16:00, in room FAB1.06 (First floor, New Faculty of Arts Building) unless otherwise stated below and in tabula (week 9).

Module codes are: RS201-15 (intermediate year students) and RS301-15 (final year students)

Assessment method is 100% essay. Yr 2 students-1 x 3500-word essay chosen from a list of given titles; Yr 3 students-1 x 4000–4500 word essay, on a freely chosen topic determined in consultation with the module convenors and/or tutors.

Place, Movement, and Travel

Week 1: People on the Move and Travelling Artists in Renaissance Europe [Claudia Daniotti and Tom Pert]

Week 2: Inns [Beat Kümin] Reading list here.

Week 3: Rescheduled to week 9.


Week 4: Libraries and the Circulation of Books [David Lines]. Reading list here.

PDF 1_Lowry, The World of Aldus Manutius (pp. 1-71);

PDF 2_Aldus Manutius, Humanism and the Latin Classics (Intro, pp. 188-193 and 364-5);

PDF 3_Aldus Manutius, The Greek Classics (pp. 10-17 and 326-7);

PDF 4_Aldus Manutius, Humanism and the Latin Classics (pp. 244-253 and 377-78).

Week 5: The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648): The Last European War of Religion? [Tom Pert]. Reading list here.

Week 6: Reading Week (no class)

Week 7: Religious Culture: The Synod of Dort in Context [Esther van Raamsdonk]. Reading list here.

Conflicts and Subversion

Week 8: Latin and Vernacular(s) [Iván Parga Ornelas] Reading list here.

Week 9: Intelligence and Espionage in the Early Modern Period [Ioanna Iordanou] Reading list here.

Week 9: (Postponed from Week 3) Geographical Discoveries [Natalya Din-Kariuki and Mathilde Alain] Reading list here. Thursday 9 March, 09:00-11:00 in room H0.02, ground floor of the Humanities Building

Week 10: Religion and Identity in the Reformation Era: The English Case [Peter Marshall]. Reading list here.



Essay deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 25th April 2023.

The word limits are 3,500 (for RS201) and 4,000-4,500 (for RS301).

Essay questions

CSR Essay Writing Guide