HIS*352*10 Description


The monuments of France and Spain attract thousands of tourists every year and draw admiration for their massive size and beauty. Nevertheless, master architects, masons, artists, workers, and patrons built those edifices to fulfill other purposes than to satisfy our aesthetic wonder. They were interested in power, defense, residence, income, and the glory of God, as well as their own reputations. This course traces the history of France and Spain from the 8th to 16th centuries from the perspective of their castles, monastic cloisters, cathedrals, and mosques. We will establish a working knowledge of architectural vocabulary to enable us to discuss structure as well as style. We will trace pre-modern French and Spanish history by using the gradual acquisition of territory into royal control as a working outline. We will also learn the history and regular routines of religious life in our examination of cloisters, cathedrals, and mosques. We will consider social and cultural aspects of the castle including its role in military technology, guild organization, and palatial residence. Must have taken/be taking HIS 101,102 or 103,104 or 201,202