Medieval History, History of Christianity and Churches - STORIA MEDIEVALE (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Marco Stoffella
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB

To show the organization of the course that includes this module, follow this link * Course organization

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni)
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall Auletta Prof. Daneloni from Oct 21, 2016  to Oct 28, 2016
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall Aula D4-Olimpia from Oct 28, 2016  to Nov 12, 2016
Friday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall Aula D4-Olimpia from Dec 15, 2016  to Jan 21, 2017
Friday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to give students methodological skills and research techniques in order to enable them to develop an autonomous critical study and a research in the history of Europe in the Middle Ages, with a special attention to the social history of Italy in the Carolingian and post-Carolingian period.
Students will be introduced to the major issues of political and social history in Italy during the Carolingian and post-Carolingian period through the discussion of historiography, the study of original sources and the analysis of some case studies. Special attention will be devoted to some areas of the Italian peninsula, which will be also compared with some other regions of central-northern Europe. The course will stress similarities and differences in the formation of political and social organization in Europe between 8th and 11th century, with a special attention to the development of local societies in the same period, and in particular to the roles played by local clergy and local officers in this processes.


Texts: the knowledge of Medieval History is asked; it can be achieved through manuals or introduction to the study of the Medieval History. To those who have a poor knowledge of the Middle Ages I suggest G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un’età di transizione, Milano, Sansoni, 2000; for those who already have a good knowledge I recommend R. Bordone, G. Sergi, Dieci secoli di medioevo, Torino, Einaudi, 2009. Students will also be asked to choose at least 7 chapters of the volume Storia Medievale, Roma, Donzelli, 1998 that should be chosen together with the lecturer.
Students will also be asked to chose two books among the following titles: P.J. Geary, Il mito delle nazioni. Le origini medievali dell’Europa, Roma, Carocci, 2009, G. Halsall, Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West (376-568), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007; C. Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome. A History of Europe from 400 to 1000, London, Penguin Books, 2010; S. Gasparri, C. La Rocca, Tempi barbarici. L’Europa occidentale tra antichità e medioevo (300-900), Roma, Carocci, 2012; M. Innes, Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300-900. The Sword, the Plough and the Book, London-New York, Routledge, 2007; S. Gasparri, Italia longobarda. Il regno, i Franchi, il papato, Bari, Laterza, 2012; S. Cosentino, Storia dell’Italia bizantina (VI-XI secolo). Da Giustiniano ai Normanni, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2008; P. Cammarosano, Storia dell’Italia medievale. Dal VI all’XI secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2001; P. Cammarosano, Nobili e re. L’Italia politica dell’alto medioevo, Bari, Laterza, 1999; J.M.H. Smith, L’Europa dopo Roma, Una nuova storia culturale 500-1000, Bologna, il Mulino, 2008; R. McKitterick, Charlemagne. The formation of a European Identity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008; A. Barbero, Carlo Magno Un padre dell’Europa, Bari, Laterza, 2000; M. Costambeys, M. Innes, S. MacLean, The Carolingian World, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011; S. Patzold, C. van Rhijn (eds.), Men in the Middle. Local Priests in early Medieval Europe, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2016; H. Keller, Gli Ottoni. Una dinastia imperiale fra Europa e Italia (secc. X e XI), Roma, Carocci, 2012; L. Provero, L’Italia dei poteri locali. Secoli X-XII, Roma, Carocci, 1998; G. Albertoni, L. Provero, Il feudalesimo in Italia, Roma, Carocci, 2003; N. D’Acunto, ‪L'età dell'obbedienza‬: ‪papato, impero e poteri locali nel secolo XI, Napoli, Liguori, 2007. Further bibliography and/or didactical material or sources will be given by the lecturer during the course and the seminaries that might be planned together with students.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination. For those who will not attend the lectures, an additional book must be chosen together with the lecturer.