The World of Medieval Knights

Rice University scholars of medieval history, literature, art and music join forces with Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) experts to bring the world of medieval knights to life. This course is offered in conjunction with “Knights,” a comprehensive exhibit of European armor and arms from the Museo Stibbert (Florence, Italy), hosted by HMNS.

Knights are among the most glorified figures in history. Revered for their courage, prowess on the battlefield and adherence to chivalric codes of love, duty and honor, they have been romanticized for more than a thousand years. Their lore and legacy endure even today. The world of medieval knights comes to life in this course offered in conjunction with “Knights,” a comprehensive exhibit of European armor and arms from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Drawing on recent research, scholars from Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science explore the myths and realities of knighthood and daily life in Europe during the Middle Ages. This course includes a private tour of the “Knights" exhibit.

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Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM2113.F17.1 World of Medieval Knights Instructors On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017

SECTION: GHUM2113.F17.1
INSTRUCTOR: World of Medieval Knights Instructors
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–8:30 p.m.
START DATE: Oct. 19, 2017

Instructor: World of Medieval Knights Instructors

Oct. 19. “The World of the ‘Knights in Shining Armor.” Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., curator of anthropology, Houston Museum of Natural Science

Oct. 26. “Images of the Heroic and Unheroic Soldier.” Diane Wolfthal, Ph.D., David and Caroline Minter Endowed Chair in the Humanities and professor of art history, Rice University

Nov. 2. “The Ideology of the Crusades.” Maya Soifer Irish, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, Rice University

Nov. 9. “Making Love and Making War: Knights in Medieval Literature.” Emily Houlik-Ritchey, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, Rice University

Nov. 16. “Music in Courtly Culture.” Peter Loewen, Ph.D., associate professor of musicology and director of medieval and early modern studies, Rice University

Nov. 30. “Knights” exhibit tour at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Oct. 19, 2017

End Date: Nov. 30, 2017

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Thursdays (no class Nov. 23)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $210

Early Registration: $200 if registering by Oct. 5

Rice Alumni: $189 for Rice alumni

CEUs: 0.9

Note: Nov. 30 class held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Class participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

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