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1 Introduction (or possibly a rant): what the Middle Ages are not There is no specific reading for this class session. However, everyone should come with a favorite fictional medieval moment well in mind. Possible sources for such things are the movies, fantasy literature, "historical" romance novels, the theater, New Yorker cartoons, etc.
2 Disintegration of the Roman Empire Augustine. The City of God. New York, NY: Modern Library, 2000. ISBN: 0679783199. (Especially Parts One, Three, and Five)
3 Regularization of Monastic Life Rule of St. Benedict. Chapters 1-7, pp. 19-33, 39-40, and 48-51. A version of The Holy Rule of St. Benedict is available through St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas.

Dialogues of Gregory I. (In reader)
4 Conversion of the Franks Gregory of Tours. The History of the Franks. Translated by Lewis Thorpe. Baltimore, MD: Penguin, 1974. ISBN: 0140442952.
5 Conversion of England and the North Bede. Ecclesiastical History of the English People. New York, NY: Penguin, 1990. ISBN: 014044565X.

Correspondence of St. Boniface. (In reader)
6 Persistence of Nordic Paganism Beowulf. Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney. New York, NY: Norton, 2002. ISBN: 0393975800.
7 The Carolingian Court Charlemagne's Courtier: The Complete Einhard. Translated by Paul Edward Dutton. Orchard Park, NY: Broadview Press, 1998. ISBN: 1551111349. (Read in particular "The Life of Charlemagne", "The Charters", and "The Translation and the Miracles.")
8 Conflict with Byzantium "Liuprandus of Cremora." In Embassy to Constantinople. Translated by F.A. Wright. Rutland, VT: C.E. Tuttle Co. , 1993. ISBN: 0460872354.
9 Crusading: or the Making of a Saint "Joinville." In The Life of St. Louis. New York, NY: Sheed and Ward, 1955.
10 Female Saints: Music and the Visionary "Hildegarde of Bingen." In Secrets of God. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1996. ISBN: 1570621640.
11 Love, Logic, and the Politics of the Intellectual life Clanchy, M.T. ed. The Letters of Abelard and Heloise. London, UK; New York, NY: Penguin, 2003. ISBN: 0140448993.
12 The Wider Medieval World Dunn. Ross. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005. ISBN: 0520243854.
13 Last Class