THL235 Medieval Church History (500-1500 CE) (8)


This subject surveys the history of Christianity in the countries of the classical Roman Empire and their immediate neighbours in north-western and eastern Europe and the Middle East. It covers the period from the breakup of the Western empire in the fifth century to the conquest of the Eastern Empire in the fifteenth century. Themes explored include church-state relations, concepts of Christian leadership, Christian scholarship, evangelism, pastoral care, the spiritual life in community and religious orders, and the tense relations between Eastern and Western Christendom.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- demonstrate broad knowledge of the development of the Christian Church from 500 to 1500 CE in both Western and Eastern traditions
- demonstrate a detailed grasp of issues in selected areas of study within this field
- demonstrate advanced skills in the critical and documentary assessment of claims made about the past and supposed causes of past events
- demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Western monasticism and later monastic reforms - the evangelisation and re-evangelisation of Europe - Gregory the Great and the European role of the Papacy - the Christian ruler (Charlemagne) and the later conflict between Pope and Caesar - the Emperor Justinian and the consolidation of the Byzantine tradition - the scholar saint: the twelfth-century renaissance - relations between East and West and the Crusades - friars and heretics: preaching, piety and pastoral care - scholastic and monastic learning: intellectual crises of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries - the Conciliar movement and opposition to the papacy - the fall of Byzantium: Orthodox traditions by the fifteenth century - new scholarship and new devotion: lay piety and Christian humanism


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.