1Introduction (or possibly a rant): what the Middle Ages are notThere is no specific reading for this class session. However, everyone should come with a favorite fictional medieval moment well in mind. Possible sources for such things are the movies, fantasy literature, "historical" romance novels, the theater, New Yorker cartoons, etc.
2Disintegration of the Roman Empire Augustine. The City of God. New York, NY: Modern Library, 2000. ISBN: 9780679783190. (Especially Parts One, Three, and Five)
3Regularization of Monastic Life

Rule of St. Benedict. Chapters 1-7, pp. 19-33, 39-40, and 48-51. A version of The Holy Rule of St. Benedict is available through St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas.

Dialogues of Gregory I. (In reader)

4Conversion of the Franks Gregory of Tours. The History of the Franks. Translated by Lewis Thorpe. Baltimore, MD: Penguin, 1976. ISBN: 9780140442953.
5Conversion of England and the North

Bede. Ecclesiastical History of the English People. New York, NY: Penguin, 1991. ISBN: 9780140445657.

Correspondence of St. Boniface. (In reader)

6Persistence of Nordic Paganism Beowulf. Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney. New York, NY: Norton, 2001. ISBN: 9780393975802.
7The Carolingian Court Charlemagne's Courtier: The Complete Einhard. Translated by Paul Edward Dutton. Orchard Park, NY: Broadview Press, 1998. ISBN: 9781551111346. (Read in particular "The Life of Charlemagne", "The Charters", and "The Translation and the Miracles.")
8Conflict with Byzantium "Liuprandus of Cremora." In Embassy to Constantinople. Translated by F. A. Wright. Rutland, VT: C.E. Tuttle Co. , 1993. ISBN: 9780460872355.
9Crusading: or the Making of a Saint"Joinville." In The Life of St. Louis. New York, NY: Sheed and Ward, 1955.
10Female Saints: Music and the Visionary "Hildegarde of Bingen." In Secrets of God. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1996. ISBN: 9781570621642.
11Love, Logic, and the Politics of the Intellectual life Clanchy, M.T. ed. The Letters of Abelard and Heloise. New York, NY: Penguin, 2004. ISBN: 9780140448993.
12The Wider Medieval World Dunn. Ross. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780520243859.
13Last Class