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An introduction to some of the most astonishing architectural monuments the world has ever known—Gothic cathedrals. We shall study the art, literature, intellectual life, economics, and new social arrangements that arose in the shadow of the cathedrals and that were such an important part of the revival of cities in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The goal of the course is a better appreciation of the High Middle Ages, a world that is still recognizably our own.
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Aprox. 27 horas restantes

Sugerido: 4 hours/week
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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Introduction & Saint-Denis I

An introduction to the history of Paris in the centuries of chaos following the death of Charlemagne in 814 and the building of the first Gothic cathedral at Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. The old abbey church, where the kings of France were buried, was inadequate, and so a new building project was undertaken by Abbot Suger, who financed the new building through efficient land management and the commercial Fair of Lendit along a trade route between northern and southern Europe....
Reading
7 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading
Video7 videos
1.2 Paris4m
1.3 Notre Dame de Paris and the Wave of Cathedral Building7m
1.4 What We'll Study5m
2.1 The Old Church6m
2.2 Royalty Reposed5m
2.3 The Fair of Lendit4m
Reading1 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m

2

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Saint-Denis

Here we encounter the portrait of Abbot Suger via his account of how and why he built Saint-Denis, what is portrayed on the West façade of the cathedral, and how the doctrine of God as light, encountered in a book which had come from Byzantium to the abbey centuries earlier, was translated into architectural form. We see some of the objects that are part of the treasury of Saint-Denis and discuss the Abbot’s notion of “anagogical uplift” as a way of moving—via stained glass—between the Old and New Testaments and from the material to the spiritual plane....
Reading
8 videos (Total 57 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
3.2 Reasons, Spiritual and Worldly8m
4.1 The Central Portal, Saint-Denis9m
4.2 The North and South Portals, Saint-Denis5m
5.1 God is Light7m
5.2 Saint-Denis, a Storehouse of Treasure7m
5.3 The Uplifting Church4m
5.4 The Anagogical and Moses Windows5m
Reading3 readings
On What was Done in his Administration by Abbot Suger30m
Life of Saint Denis by James of Voragine10m
The Celestial Hierarchy by The Pseudo-Dionysius10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Saint-Denis24m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Architectural Innovation

Filling in the background of Romanesque churches that preceded Gothic buildings, we discuss the origins and engineering innovations of the new style of religious architecture. These include ribbed vaults, reinforced pillars, pointed arches, flying buttresses, and a modular system of bay construction; all of which permits the construction of higher and lighter, thinner walls filled with stained glass. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 32 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
6.2 Gothic Origins3m
6.3 Gothic8m
7.1 Architectural Innovations12m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Notre Dame de Paris

Moving to the heart of Paris, we explore the initial construction of Notre-Dame and the innovations that were undertaken almost as soon as the building began. We discuss the sculptural programs of Notre-Dame’s West façade, including the portal which depicts the life of Saint Anne, Christ’s grandmother, and Mary, his mother and the central portal of the Last Judgment. Along the south side, we discover the story of the stoning of Saint Stephen; and, along the North, the miracle of Theophilus and the Virgin. Moving inside the cathedral, we encounter the stunning rose windows of Notre-Dame. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 67 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
8.2 Renovations7m
9.1 Influences and Innovations4m
9.2 St. Anne’s Portal11m
9.3 Coronation Portal7m
10.1 Central Portal: The Last Judgment6m
10.2 Notre Dame’s Roses7m
11.1 St. Stephen’s Portal4m
11.2 Theophilus and the Virgin3m
11.3 Truth Set in Stone8m
Reading3 readings
The Nativity of Mary by James of Voragine30m
The Assumption of Mary by James of Voragine30m
The Miracle of Theophilus by Rutebeuf30m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Notre Dame de Paris10m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Intellectual and Everyday Life

Here we examine the cathedral in terms of surrounding intellectual and everyday life. A reading of Peter Abelard’s autobiography, The Story of my Misfortunes, testifies to the growth of the scholastic method in the context of the earliest university culture; and two verse comic tales, “The Crucified Priest” and “The Peekaboo Priest” introduce the new mentality of the inhabitant of towns with emphasis on cleverness, quick thinking, and timing along with an anti-clerical spirit....
Reading
5 videos (Total 32 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
12.2 Introducing Faith into Reason7m
12.3 The Story of Abelard’s Misfortunes5m
14.1 “The Crucified Priest”9m
14.2 “The Peekaboo Priest”3m
Reading3 readings
Historia calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes) by Peter Abelard30m
The Crucified Priest10m
The Peekaboo Priest10m

6

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Our Lady of Chartres

In Module 6 we move West of Paris to the cathedral of Chartres where Gothic architecture hits its stride. We explore the history of Chartres, its unique and mysterious architectural features, and its miraculous relic—the Holy Tunic. We discuss the financing of Chartres as seen in the windows donated by merchant which depict the various urban trades alongside the sculpture of the West façade, the rose and lancet stained glass windows, and the secular Zodiac and Charlemagne windows, the latter of which is linked to important literary works of the period....
Reading
10 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
15.2 The History of Chartres4m
15.3 The Holy Tunic4m
16.1 Merchant Donors7m
16.2 The West Façade10m
16.3 The North and South Transepts3m
17.1 Chartres’ Lancets7m
17.2 Chartres’ Roses9m
18.1 The Zodiac Window4m
18.2 Charlemagne in Glass17m
Reading1 readings
Miracles of Our Lady of Chartres by Jehan le Marchant10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Daily Life and Chartres12m

7

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Cathedrals and Crusades

In Module 7 we examine in some detail The Song of Roland, portions of which are depicted in the stained glass of Chartres, and we explore the relationship of relics from the Middle East to cathedral building....
Reading
7 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
19.2 Plunder5m
19.3 Roland’s Reliquary Sword5m
19.4 Vengeance or Treason?6m
20.1 Church and State9m
20.2 Amassing of Relics11m
20.3 A New Holy Land5m
Reading1 readings
The Song of Roland30m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Saints and Kings

In Module 8 we explore Saint Louis’s building of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris as a house of glass, a new Ark of the Covenant, to house the relics he had amassed. Using Jean de Joinville’s Life of Saint-Louis as our source, we encounter the Saint King’s life as a crusader, his death, canonization, and the miracles performed by his body on his way to sainthood....
Reading
12 videos (Total 82 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
21.2 Total Work of Art5m
22.1 The House of Glass6m
22.2 Apse5m
22.3 North Program4m
22.4 South Program5m
23.1 Building a Case for Canonization7m
23.2 Confessor or Martyr?2m
23.3 Louis’ Virtues9m
24.1 Louis the Crusader10m
24.2 The Almost Martyr4m
24.3 The King Becomes a Relic9m
Reading1 readings
The Memories of the Lord of Joinville (The Life of Saint-Louis) by Joinville30m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Saints, Kings and Crusades12m

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Section
Clock
26 minutes to complete

Conclusion

By way of conclusion, we explore the history of Gothic cathedrals from the Middle Ages to the present....
Reading
1 video (Total 16 min), 1 reading
Reading1 readings
Post-Course Survey10m
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Top Reviews

By AKJan 25th 2018

Very interesting and well worth my time taking this course. I helped me appreciate not only the significance of the cathedrals, but the thinking and motivation of the medieval people.

By CSJan 28th 2018

This course far exceeded what I was expecting. He explained the statuary on the exterior, the symbolism relating to the beautiful stained-glass windows and introduced me to

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Howard Bloch

Sterling Professor of French

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