The participants in the Medieval Study Group use both primary and secondary sources to touch on large topics such as medieval food and travel, the Inquisition, the Black Plague, pilgrims and their routes, the Cathars, the medieval warm period and little ice age, peasant revolts, and feudalism (did it exist?), along with many others. We also have explored the lives of luminaries such as Charles Martel, Frederick Barbarossa, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Frederick II, Hrotswitha of Gandersheim, and Adelaide, empress of the Ottonian empire.
Usually one member makes an informal presentation on a topic of interest to themselves. Occasionally we all read the same book to discuss, or we invite a speaker. The discussion is on the level of a graduate history colloquium. Most of the books we read are available at local libraries or in paperback.
For more information contact Lyn Reese.