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Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Part I: The University of the South. July 14 to August 2.

This section provides both an introduction and a background for the remainder of the semester by approaching the medieval period from a historical and religious point of view.

History/Religion: History and Religion in Mediveal Europe. Traces the history of Europe 500-1500 and the rise of Cristianity as a world religion.

Gail P.C. Streete, B.A., M.A., M.L.S., University at Buffalo, New York; M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University. Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Rhodes College.

Benjamin Graham, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Memphis.

Part II: Lincoln College, Oxford University. August 17 to September 28.

This central portion of the program uses classroom study to build on the material taught in Parts I and II. Students take three courses; each is six weeks long and divided into two parts:

Art History:

  • Part I: The Art of Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Sally Dormer, B.A., University of Durham; M.A., Ph.D., University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art. Dean of the Program and Course Tutor, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
  • Part II: The Art of Western Europe in the Renaissance. Caroline Brooke, B.A., University of London, Birkbeck College; Ph.D., forthcoming, University of London, Birkbeck College. Freelance tutor for National Gallery, London.


  • Part I: King Arthur and the Literature of Medieval Europe. Anna Caughey, B.A., University of Melbourne, M.A., Ph.D, Oxford University. Former Fellow in Old and Middle English, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.
  • Part II: Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Theatre. Glenn Black, M.A., D.Phil., Oxford University. Emaratis Fellow and Senior tutor in English, Oriel College, Oxford University.


  • Part I: Social and Political Life in the Late Middle Ages. Sam Lane, MSt., D.Phil., Oxford University. Lecturer Christ Church College, Oxford University.
  • Part II: Europe in the Renaissance. Leslie Mitchell, M.A., D.Phil., Oxford University. Emaratis Fellow and tutor in History, University College, Oxford University.

The program also includes evening talks by distinguished British speakers and visits to places of particular interest and relevance to course study.

Part III: Great Cities of Western Europe, September 28 to November 2.

A five-week study tour concentrating on the artistic treasures and monuments of Western Europe's greatest cities. In France: Paris, Chartres, Romanesque and Gothic sites of Burgundy (Dijon, Beaune, Fontenay, Vezelay and Autun). In Italy: Rome, Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice, Ravenna and Padua. The tour returns across the Alps to Munich, Nordlingen, Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Bamberg and Aachen in Germany, and then travels via Bruges and Ghent in Belgium, to conclude in London.

Art History: The Artistic Centers of Western Europe, their Art and Architecture, Museums and Monuments. Meg Boulton, M.A., Ph.D., University of York. Freelance tutor for Oxford University Continuing Education.

CREDIT. For satisfactory completion of the sixteen-week semester and all academic requirements, Rhodes College and The University of the South offer eighteen hours of credit: eight in Art History, four in English Literature, two in History, and a choice of either an additional four in History or four in Religion.