ME3206 Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle Ages (previously Heretics and Social Outcasts in Western Europe c.1100-c.1330)
Lecturer Professor Frances Andrews (Room 14, 71 South Street)
Credits 30
Availability Not available 2019-20
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Description This option examines the rise and spread of heresy in western Europe from the eleventh to the early fourteenth century. It explores in particular the reasons why heresy produced such strong reactions and compares and contrasts the treatment of heretics with that given to other social marginals.

Basic Reading

  • Luke Demaitre, Leprosy in Premodern Medicine: a malady of the whole body (2007) 
  • John Arnold, Belief and Unbelief in Medieval Europe (London, 2005)
  • Other Middle Ages: witnesses at the margins of medieval society, ed. Michael Goodich (Philadelphia, Pa., 1998)


Course Structure One two-hour meeting per week
Assessment 60% examination - one 3-hour paper
40% course work - three pieces of work one of which may be an oral assessment

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the difficulties of analysis dependent on elite-produced sources for the history of non-elites
  • Awareness of contrasting historiographical approaches
  • Appreciation of the impact of religious thinking on social and political exclusion
Restrictions None