An examination of heretical movements and their persecution as well as witch-hunt in medieval and early modern Europe (1100-1700) in the religious, social, political and intellectual contexts.
This paper examines the rise and development of persecution in European society from the 12th century to the 17th century. While this paper surveys various types of heretical movements and their suppression in the Middle Ages and the witch-hunt in the early modern period, it also explores the legal and theological contexts that shaped the idea of heresy and inquisition and the intellectual contexts of witch-hunts, such as the conceptions of magic and demonology. The aim of the paper is, thus, to understand how and why a social, legal and religious system of persecution emerged and expanded in late medieval and early modern Europe.
|Paper title||Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
- Schedule C
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- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History & Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Professor Takashi Shogimen
Malcolm Lambert, Medieval Heresy, third ed. (Oxford, 2002)
Brian P. Levack, The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, second ed. (Longman, 1995)
In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students will gain:
- An historical understanding of how and why a social, legal and religious system of persecution emerged and expanded in late medieval and early modern Europe
- They will also learn how to engage critically with secondary literature and assess diverse historical interpretations from interdisciplinary perspectives