Capstone Seminar: Heresy and Inquisition in the Middle Ages
Source-based discussion seminar. Inquiry into the content and context of religious deviation and its repression in western Christianity between 300 and 1500 but focusing on the medieval period. Emphasizes the fine line between religious evolution and heresy. Examines questions of coercion, social and religious reform, pre-modern state control and early demonology. Students engage in close reading of selected primary sources.