Medieval Primary Sources Seminar
Cod: 33017
Department: DCSG
ECTS: 12
Scientific area: Medieval Studies
Total working hours: 312
Total contact time: 40

The main objective of this Seminar is to introduce and familiarize the students to the many potentialities of all sorts of Medieval sources, from image to architecture, from archaeological remains to music, from documents to works of literature, from chronicles to linguistic documents). Four specialists in different areas of Medieval studies will join in in order to promote the study of topics for which several types of sources contribute and for the study of single sources which provide materials for all sorts of different themes. 

Medieval Sources
Interdisciplinary work
Collaborative work

-- Accrue the student's awareness with practical examples, emphasising the potential of one source for the research of several different scientific areas and the usefulness of several different types of documents for the study of one theme.
Ability to find, compile, contextualize and interpret substantial quantities of medieval documents, in the context of using all their potential.

-Ability to understand the importance of applying in practice principles of rigor in the research in medieval interdisciplinary studies and the importance of criticising the sources in a  proficient manner.

1- The "Livros de Linhagens do Conde D. Pedro"
Intentions; Genealogy; Mental Mechanisms; Kinship Structures; Phisical, Synbolical and economic space; Emotions; Violence; Power Relations and Struggles
2- "Cantigas de Santa Maria"
Intentions; Music and Image; Politicas and Propaganda; Word and Language; Material Culture; Daily Life; Visible and Invisible Powers, Ethnic Minorities
1- The Authority of History and Memory in the Middle Ages (12th-15th cent.)
 Sources:1)Classis narrative texts (Annals & Chronicles); 2)Alternative narratives: using the past in Royal Chanceries, Enquiries, Sentences, Wills, Hagiography Illumination, Sculpture, etc.
 2- Medieval Rural Communities: territoriality and ways of life

Sources: Excavation reports, daily life artifacts, selling and renting of property, cartularies & cadasters, sentences and laws, moral literature, enquiries, image, toponimy, etc.

-ALTHOFF,G., FRIED, J., GEARY,P. (eds.) Medieval concepts of the Past. Ritual, Memory, Historiography. Cambridge:CUP. 2002

- BRUNDAGE, A., Going to the Sources. A Guide to Historical Research and Writing. 5th ed., Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

- Cantigas de Santa Maria (Portal em

- CASSEN, A. (ed.), Handbook of Medieval Studies. 3 vols. Berlin-New York: De Gruyter, 2010.

- Historiography of Medieval Portugal (MATTOSO et al. Eds.). Lisboa: IEM, 2011.

- KRUS, L. A concepção nobiliárquica do espaço ibérico. Geografia dos Livros de

Linhagens medievais portugueses (1280-1380). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1994

-TILLEY, C. A Phenomenology of landscape. Places, paths and monuments. Oxford: Bloomsbury Publishing, 1994 


Continuous assessment of doctoral students by weighting all participation activities in  the  activities studied during the seminar (20% each) and the final essay (40 %).