Medieval Feudalism

A 6 page research paper exploring the elements of medieval feudalism in England. Descriptions of what constituted medieval feudalism, reason for wars, status of women and the decline of the feudal system are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 references.

Selected Writings on Italian Medieval History & Literature

A 15 page research paper that offers brief (generally 1 page) synopses of essays that deal with Italian medieval society. Then the writer offers a more extended analysis of parts of Patricia Skinner's 2001 text Women in Medieval Italian Society; a brief essay on Dante's Inferno and Otto of Freising's Deeds of Frederick Barbarossa. The underlying theme to the entire paper is how these sources contribute to the study of history. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Bias in Medieval History

This eight page paper presents an overview of the ways bias might influence the telling of Medieval History. The historians from the era as well as modern day authors bring their own bias to the stories they write. Bibliography lists six sources.

The Individual and the Family in Contemporary Culture

This 6 page paper takes a look at both sides of the argument as to the positive and negative aspects of individuality. The myth of the family is discussed and the family through the ages, from medieval times, is documented. The paper concludes that individuality is a good thing in a society that has come to embrace the nuclear family paradigm. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Trebuchet

A 3 page description of this medieval tool of war. The author describes both the mechanics and the physics that affect trebuchet function. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Crusades

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the crusades during Medieval times. Their mission is discussed as well as what was actually achieved by the crusaders. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Pilgrimage and Holy War

This 6 page paper considers the attitudes and perceptions of pilgrimage and holy war, and how medieval attitudes contrast with contemporary ones. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman

5 pages. In this historical narrative of Medieval Europe, the author writes of French nobleman Enguerrand de Coucy who ruthlessly made himself wealthy by preying on the unfortunate peasants of the time period. The 14th century was a time of great horrors such as the plague and the Hundred Years war, and the fact that the French nobleman was making himself wealthy and powerful because of other's misfortune is just one more nightmare to add to that time of strife. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Duffy & Thomas/Comparing Views on Medieval English Religion

A 5 page analysis of Eamon Duffy's The Stripping of the Altars and Keith Thomas' Religion and the Decline of Magic. The writer argues that Duffy differs from the standard view of this period and the causes of the Reformation, while Thomas, essentially, supports the standard view. No additional sources cited.

19th Century Jews, Catholics, and Anti-Semitism

This 7 page report discusses the existence of anti-Semitism in the 19th century and the differing ways in which Catholicism and Judaism dealt with it. From the vantage point of the opening days of the 21st century, the issue of anti-Semitism and the ways in which Jewish people were viewed by most Christian faiths in the 19th century appears relatively similar. Jews were reviled throughout Christianity for what “good Christians” defined as a host of sins, certainly not the least of which was that they were “the murderers of Christ.” Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Evaluation of Gordon’s “Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery” in Regards to its Historical Context and Connection to the Crusades

This is a 5 page analysis of Gordon’s “Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery” and additional comments on its historical context. Alan Gordon’s “Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery” (2002) successfully combines elements of fact and fiction when unraveling a mystery during the end of the Fourth Crusade in 1203 in Constantinople. The historical accuracies of the novel are general in a broad sense with some variations as to the relationship of the Emperor and his family but overall the historical context only adds to the excitement of the work. A unique aspect of the work is his use of Feste the Fool as the central character. In Gordon’s version of history, court fools are part of an elite intellectual society which because of their positions are able to overhear conversations, due to the fact that most of the population disregard them, and makes them privy to information which prove helpful in their investigations. Once the reader accepts this premise, which has already been introduced by Gordon in two previous novels, the book becomes enjoyable in regards to the historical descriptions of the city and in Feste’s solving of the murder of Bastiani the silk merchant. Bibliography lists 9 sources.