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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
HISTORICAL SCIENCES
Course unit
DOCUMENTS AND DOCUMENTARY CULTURES OF EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES
SUP7080818, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
HISTORICAL SCIENCES (Ord. 2017)
LE0607, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DOCUMENTS AND DOCUMENTARY CULTURES OF EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES
Website of the academic structure http://www.dissgea.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-LE0607-000ZZ-2017-SUP7080818-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge GIANMARCO DE ANGELIS M-STO/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/01 Mediaeval History 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 DE ANGELIS GIANMARCO (Presidente)
LA ROCCA MARIA CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 DE ANGELIS GIANMARCO (Presidente)
LA ROCCA MARIA CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione 2017/18 01/06/2018 30/11/2018 DE ANGELIS GIANMARCO (Presidente)
LA ROCCA MARIA CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: A solid knowledge of Medieval history, with particular regard for institutional, political and social history of Early and High Middle Ages. Though no formal linguistic prerequisites are requested for this course, a basic knowledge of Latin is heartily reccomended.
Target skills and knowledge: Main task of this course is to give the students a wide frame of Medieval diplomatic documentation, helping them to familiarize with the complexity of comparative and critical analysis of written records, considered both in their contexts of production and of use and preservation.
Examination methods: Oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Criteria for final evaluation are: knowledge of the contents of the course; proper use of disciplinary terminology with clear and autonomous reasoning; ability to discuss about specific and cross-cutting issues.
Course unit contents: The syllabus is structured in two main sections. The first part of the course is introductory and will deal with general problems of history, analysis, interpretation of the documentary records as historical sources, considered both in their intrinsic features (structures and formularies) and in their external aspects (essentially from a graphic point of view). Origins and forms of Medieval documents will be analyzed in a diachronic and comparative key, by comparing geopolitical areas of Europe and particularly focusing on the different traditions North and South the Alps about ways of transmission. A wide section of this part of the course will be hence dedicated to the episcopal and monastic cartularies, pragmatic archives of juridical records and repositories of historical and memorial texts at the same time.
At the end of this first part of the course, some lessons will be dedicated to practical exercises in order to provide students with guidelins for reading and transcribing Medieval documents,

The second part of the course will be entirely dedicated to the Lombard private charters, to be investigated from their peculiar features to their functions, but with a main focus on their genesis, on the light of the relations and reciprocal influences they had with other 'families' of the Late Antique documentary koiné. Indeed, also in this case we'll use a consistent comparative approach, comparing the documentary production of the Lombard kingdom with those areas (Frankia, Bavaria, Alamannia, Retia) strictly related by political, military, economic links, and where just the formation and the 'contamination' of documentary cultures turns out to be one of the most clear evidence of men's movements and cultural exchanges.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures. Class attendance at lessons is not compulsory however it is strongly recommended as it favors gradual learning, an active participation of students in class and the creation of an advantageous dialogue between students and teacher.
Additional notes about suggested reading: At the beginning of and during the lessons fac simile of documents, copies of published sources, further materials and supplementary indications will be given to the students. PPT slides of the lessons will be available on Moodle platform.

Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher in advance so as to define a specific programme.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Giovanna Nicolaj, Lezioni di diplomatica generale. I. Istituzioni. Roma: Bulzoni, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Georges Declercq, History, Memory and Remembrance in Early Cartularies and Libri Traditionum, pp. 1-21. --: --, 2017. in "Studi medievali", III serie, 58 (2017), fasc. 1
  • Antonella Ghignoli, Koinè, influenze, importazioni transalpine nella documentazione «privata» dei secoli VII-VIII: lo stato dell’arte, pp. 83-110. Spoleto: CISAM, 2009. in Le Alpi porta d’Europa. Scritture, uomini, idee da Giustiniano al Barbarossa Cerca nel catalogo
  • Antonella Ghignoli – François Bougard, Elementi romani nei documenti longobardi?, pp. 241-301. Rome: École française de Rome, 2011. in L’héritage byzantin en Italie (VIIIe-XIIe). I: La fabrique documentaire Cerca nel catalogo