From the Age of Chivalry to the Age of Discovery: 1300-1500 AD


Course Description

What forces drove the transition from the Late Medieval Age of faith and feudalism to the Early Modern Age of science, global expansion, and absolute monarchy? What role(s) did the calamities of the 14th century play? How did the Renaissance worldview differ from the medieval—and how was it similar?

This course will consider this transition from various perspectives: socioeconomic, the Great Famine, the Black Death, economic dislocation, social upheaval, the Hanse (the first Common Market); political: dynastic “divine rights,” ascendancy of monarchical power, embrittlement of “Imperial” papal power, intensification of religious intolerance; cultural: lingering of Gothic style and chivalry north of the Alps, Renaissance in Italy, despotic patronage of artists and humanist scholars, impact of universities and the printing press; and regional: the Hundred Years War, Spain's funding of Columbus while expelling Jews and Muslims, Ottoman expansion, Byzantine enfeeblement, Balkan life under the Ottoman crescent, Hapsburg Empire, etc.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday, January 10th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Susan Anastasopoulos, Mary Hughes, Alberto Venturelli and Jerry Bures

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee) 

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Reading and Administration Fees:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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