Course: British Islel and South Eastern Europe (9th-16th Century)

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Course title British Islel and South Eastern Europe (9th-16th Century)
Course code KAL/92BJE
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Semester -
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
Course content
Outline of the Content of the Lectures: 1st Lecture: Monday, 28 April 2014, 8.00-9.30 In the first session of the lecture an overview of the bibliography of the subject matter will be given. A selected bibliography has been circulated in advance. The starting point of the first lecture will be the conquest of the British Isles by the Roman Empire (43 AD), the measures of defence of the Roman provinces in Britain, the retreat of the Romans (401-410 AD), the invasion of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes and the establishment of direct and indirect relations of the Byzantine Empire with the Britsh Isles in the 6th century AD. Special emphasis will be given to the report provided by the Byzantine historian Prokopios of Caesarea and to the archaeological finds of Sutton Hoo. 2nd Lecture: Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 8.00-9.30 In the second session of the lecture attention will be paid to the Viking Age in Britain as well as the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great (9th century AD) and his cultural policy, in which he combined for example the Late Antique works of the historian Orosius with contemporary reports on South-East Europe. Moreover, an Anglo-Saxon Worldmap from the 10th / 11th centuries depicting also South-East Europe will be analysed. Finds of Byzantine seals in England dating to the 11th century as well as the expansion of the Varangians in Eastern Europe and their relations to Byzantium will be mentioned. The time of Edward the Confessor (11th century) will serve as an example of the influence of Byzantine court culture on Anglo-Saxon England. 3rd Lecture: Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 8.00-9.30 The third and last session will focus on the battle of Hastings (1066 AD) and its consequences, one of which was the exodus of Anglo-Saxon noblemen to the Eastern Mediterranean and Byzantium. Some of them were incorporated into the Varangian guard of the Byzantine emperors. In the 12th century the dynasties of the Plantagenet in England and the Komnenoi in Byzantium established diplomatic contacts. The diminishing of the Byzantine Empire in the wake of the Ottoman expansion in the course of the 14th century led to different diplomatic initiatives by the Byzantines, one of which was the journey of the Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos to the West (Italy, France and England). Finally, Greek and Ragusan merchants established themselves in London and in the south of England in the course of the 15th and 16th centuries and initiated a flourishing trade with the Mediterranean.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 17 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 100 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 8 hours per semester
Learning outcomes

The students should be able to understand and communicate in the English language, since the course and the bibliography are in English.
Prerequisites
This is a course for the students of history and other humanity studies interested in the topic Political, Economic and Cultural Bonds between the British Isles and South Eastern Europe (9th-16th Cent.), see below: The starting point of the course is the relationship between the British Isles and South Eastern Europe at the time of the Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great (2nd half of the 9th century AD). After the Battle of Hastings (1066) and the subsequent onset of Norman domination of England continued an Anglo-Saxon emigration to South Eastern Europe. At that time, many Anglo-Saxons sought their luck in the East and joined amongst others the Varangian bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperor. The Crusades led to a further strengthening of mutual relations. Finally, merchants from Ragusa (Dubrovnik) established bonds with the English economy during the 16th century, founded trading posts in the central parts of the country (e.g. in London and Southampton) and obtained privileges from English rulers. The course will introduce the students to a broad range of the above-mentioned political, economic and cultural interaction.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance

The students interested should read some of the recommended bibliography, see: https://courseware.upol.cz/wps/portal/place_courseware/kal/92bvj a dspff.upol.cz
Recommended literature
  • A. Ducellier. (1973). La France et les îles Britanniques vues par un byzantin du XVe s. : Laonikos Chalkokondyles, in: Economies et sociétés au moyen âge. Paris.
  • A. Harris. (2003). Byzantium, Britain and the West: the Archaeology of Cultural Identity. Stroud.
  • D. Buckton (ed.). (1994). Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture from British Collections.. London.
  • D. Howarth. (1978). 1066: The Year of the Conquest. New York.
  • E. Dunlop. (2011). Queen Margaret of Scotland. Edinburgh.
  • H. L. Gray. (1929). Greek Visitors to England in 1455-1456, in: Anniversary Essays in Medieval History by Students of Charles Homer Haskins. Boston.
  • J. L. Bolton. (1998). The Alien Communities of London in the Fifteenth Century. The Subsidy Rolls of 1440 and 1483-4. Stamford, CT.
  • R. Filipovic?, Monica Partridge (ed.). (1977). Dubrovnik?s Relations with England: Papers from a Symposium, April 1976 at the Inter-University Centre of Postgraduate Studies Dubrovnik. Zagreb.
  • R. Howard Bloch. (2006). A Needle in the Right Hand of God: the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making of the Bayeux Tapestry. New York.
  • S. Blöndal ? B. S. Benedikz. (2007). The Varangians of Byzantium. Cambridge.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Czech Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Andragogy (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Arts Dutch Philology (16) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Media and Cultural Studies (14) Journalism, library science and informatics - -
Faculty of Arts German Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Politology (12) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English and American Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English and American Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Clinical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Literature, Theatre and Film (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (16) Philosophy, theology - -
Faculty of Arts Czech History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts Politology (14) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Sociology (12) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Sociology (12) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Pedagogical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Arts (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Arts (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Media and Cultural Studies (14) Journalism, library science and informatics - -
Faculty of Arts Romance Languages (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance Languages (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts German Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance Languages (14) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Clinical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Pedagogical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Theory of Literature (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Languages and Culture of China and Japan (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts The Theory and History of Music (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts - (16) Economy - -
Faculty of Arts Czech History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts World History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Comparative Slavonic Philology (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Comparative slavonic Philology (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Languages and Culture of China and Japan (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Dutch Philology (16) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Literatura (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Politology (14) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts World History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts German Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts The Theory and History of Music (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Literature, Theatre and Film (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Theory of Literature (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts - (16) Economy - -
Faculty of Arts German Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Andragogy (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -