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Module

HIS3295 : Royal Portraits: Christian Kings and Kingship, c. 870-c. 930

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Anne Redgate
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In general
•To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it.
•To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.
•To develop the capacity for independent study.
•To investigate in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Module-specific aims
•To undertake study in comparative history.
•To consider the portraits and representations, self-image and ideology of kingship of five Christian monarchs, one each from Anglo-Saxon England, the empire of the Franks, Bulgaria, Byzantium, and Armenia, spanning six decades.
•To establish the similarities and differences between them.
•To investigate the contacts between them.
•To identify the sources behind these images and ideas.
•To appraise artistic and literary source material, and the links between them.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following is a guide.

1.
An Introduction to the module at the beginning of the teaching period.
Identifying overall conclusions at the end of the module.

2.
The five case studies
Charles the Bald, Carolingian emperor of the Franks 875-77
Alfred, king of Wessex 871-899
Symeon, tsar of Bulgaria 893-927
Leo VI ‘the Wise’, emperor of Byzantium 886-912
Gagik Artsruni, king of Armenia 908-943

3.
The major literary sources that offer a representation of each monarch and of his and/or his circle’s ideology of kingship.

4.
The works of art that portray or evoke each monarch.

5.
The political context, problems and opportunities of each monarch.

6. Physical appearance and its meanings - crowns, robes, physical features, ceremonial.

7. the qualities of the 'ideal' ruler - wisdom, learning, building, humility, penitence, justice.

8. International contacts and influences - trade, war, diplomacy, pilgrimage, travel.

The five case studies will first be considered separately and in connection with the topics listed under 3.-5., as a foundation for considering them comparatively and in connection with the topics listed under 6.-8.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable