MDVL 1450

MDVL 1450

MDVL 1450: Heroes and Villains of the Middle Ages

Medieval 1450, Heroes and Villains of the Middle Ages, is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce beginning students to the medieval roots of the individual, social, and institutional ideals and values of modern Western culture as they are expressed and exemplified in the images of medieval heroes. Medieval 1450 currently meets the requirements for Distribution Area II, Humanities, of the General Education Curriculum.

Core Course Materials

  • Robert Harrison, trans., The Song of Roland (New York: Signet Classics, 2012). ISBN: 9780451531933
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain, or, The Knight with the Lion, trans. Ruth Harwood Cline (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1975) ISBN: 9780820307589
  • Galbert of Bruges, The Murder of Charles the Good, trans. James Bruce Ross (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1967). Available to WMU students onlinethrough the University Libraries.
  • Daniel Donoghue, ed., Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism (New York: Norton, 2002). ISBN: 9780393975802
  • Barbara H. Rosenwein, A Short History of the Middle Ages (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014). ISBN: 9781442606111 (Companion materials to this textbook are avilable online.)

The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5432 USA
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