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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9086121, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
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Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge GIANMARCO DE ANGELIS M-STO/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/01 Mediaeval History 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 DE ANGELIS GIANMARCO (Presidente)

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 examination. With regards to the contents of the second part of the course, students will present and discuss a brief paper focused on one specific topic of analysis.
On the basis of the number of attending students, the written paper could be replaced by a group presentation, at the end of the course, of a collective research on sources and topics to be agreed with the teacher.
Assessment criteria: Criteria for final evaluation are:
a) knowledge of the contents of the course;
b) proper use of methods of analysis of documentary sources;
c) proper use of specific disciplinary terminology with clear and autonomous reasoning;
d) ability to discuss about specific and cross-cutting issues;
e) logical-interpretative ability to catch and discuss interations between documentary production, political and institutional contexts, legislative frames.
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 and, with regards to royal/imperial and papal diplomas, focusing on the evolutions in the use of seals and other signs of authority like the monograms).
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 guidelines for reading and transcribing Medieval documents.

The second part will deal with the practices of production and use of juridical documentation in Italy in the Early Middle Ages, with a specific focus on the relations between laws, writings of deeds and their use in judicial trials, trying to answer some crucial questions: in which forms and with what purposes (not only legal, but also political and identity) specific frames and articles of laws were used? Are there any noticeable differences, from this point of view, before and after the Carolingian conquest? To what extent did the immigration of transalpine "gentes" in Italy after 774 change the formularies and influence the settlemen of disputes?
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and seminars. Class attendance at lessons is strongly recommended as it favors gradual learning, an active participation of students and the creation of an advantageous dialogue between teacher and students, who will learn, among other things, to write a brief paper and to discuss before the class their own researches.
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. Testo per i soli studenti frequentanti, limitatamente ai Capitoli I-II (pp. 9-88) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Karl Heidecker (ed.), Charters and the Use of the Written Word in Medieval Society. Turnhout: Brepols, 2000. Testo per i soli studenti non frequentanti, limitatamente a Declercq, Originals and Cartularies: The Organization of Archival Memory, pp. 147-170 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Laura Pani (ed.), Scritture, uomini, idee da Giustiniano al Barbarossa. Spoleto: CISAM, 2009. Testo per i soli frequentanti, limitatamente a Huschner, Influenze fra nord e sud delle Alpi, pp. 39-56, e Mantegna, Il documento, pp. 111-140 Cerca nel catalogo
  • François Bougard, Tempore barbarici? La production documentaire publique et privée, in 774, ipotesi su una transizione, pp. pp. 331-352.. Turnhout: Brepols, 2008. Testo per studenti frequentanti e non frequentanti. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paolo Cammarosano, Italia medievale. Struttura e geografia delle fonti scritte. Roma: Carocci, 2016. Testo per i soli studenti non frequentanti. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jonathan Jarrett, Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Charters, in Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Charters, pp. 1-18.. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. Testo per i soli studenti non frequentanti. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Leges nationum and ethnic personality of law in Charlemagne's Empire, in Law and Empire, pp. 251-274.. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Testo per studenti frequentanti e non frequentanti. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Warren C. Brown, When documents are destroyed or lost, in "Early Medieval Europe", 11, 4 (2002), pp. 337-366.. --: --, 2002. Testo per i soli studenti non frequentanti.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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