The forming of a mentality in the Western Middle Ages (2004)

Louis Ha

General Introduction

Structure of life (a): scribes, Latin language, Gregorian chants, calendars, Boethius (480-524)

Structure of life (b): clothing, food & drink, agriculture & work,architecture & castles John Scotus (810-877)

Structure of life (c): towns, roads, transportation, trade, farming, Marco Polo (1254-1323)

Structure of life (d): Politics: feudalism, magna carta (1215)

Church and State (a): Charlemagne (742-814), papal state (754-1870), antipopes, Ecumenical councils, Holy Roman Empire

Church and State (b): Anselmus of Canterberry (1033-1109) Investiture, Crusades (1095-1291), pilgrims, hermits, knights, "Talisman" Walter Scott (1825)

Church and State (c): Inquisition, Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

Religion and Culture (a): mendicant orders, Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), St. Dominic (1170-1221).

Religion and Culture (b): Universities, Bonaventura (1221-1274), Albertus Magnus (1193-1280), Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Religion and Culture (c): music, literature, printing and sculpture, romance, Peter Abaelardus (1079-1142) Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Religion and Culture (d): alchemy, mysticism, sequence, Dies irae, Stabat Mater, liturgical drama,Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Meister Eckhart (1260-1327),Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471)

Disasters and crisis: black death (1347-1351) and wars, Byzantine and Arabic influence.


Medieval philosophers

Research Institute for the Humanities, Cuhk

This webpage is compiled for the reference of a course in Medieval Western society and the Church by Louis Ha.

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