Medieval History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa


This illustration, from Psalm 37 (38) in the Eadwine Psalter, is a good example of a medieval worldview (and, coincidentally, the life experience of a typical graduate student!).

©From the original in Trinity College, Cambridge MS R .17.1, fol. 66, by permission of the Master and Fellows of Trinity College Cambridge. No permission is granted to reproduce this electronic image without the express consent of Trinity College.

Dr. Karen Louise Jolly

Department of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2530 Dole St., Sakamaki A203
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 U.S.A.
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Dr. Karen Jolly
History 611C Fall 2009
Graduate Reading Seminar
History 151 Fall 2008
World History to 1500
History 335/W Fall 2010
Early Middle Ages
History 336/O Spring 2011
European Middle Ages
Hist. 396C Spring 2011
Study of History (Education)
History 496C Spring 2004
Senior Thesis
History 434/E Spring 2008
Christianity in a World Context
History 433 Summer 1999
Medieval Cultures: Crusades
History 433 Spring 2000
Medieval Cultures: Warriors
History 433 Spring 2004
Britain in the First Millennium

Welcome to Medieval European History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Department of History currently offers five undergraduate upper division courses in medieval European history, two of which count also in the world/comparative area for History majors. These medieval courses often carry a Focus designation of W (Writing Intensive) or O (Oral Communications) and are then limited therefore to 20 students. Class time is devoted to discussing and analyzing primary source materials.

History 335 and 336 survey the Middle Ages in Europe from circa 300 to 1500, breaking at circa 1000. This sequence is offered every other year and sometimes in summer session. Students may take either or both.

History 433, Medieval Cultures, is a topical course focusing on a cultural issue or cross-cultural subject in the medieval period that fulfills the History major World/Comparative category.

History 434 examines the history of medieval European Christianity in a world context and can count in either the World/Comparative or European areas of the major. It is usually taught with an E (Contemporary Ethical Issues) focus designation. This course is offered every other year, and occasionally in the summer.

Graduate seminars in medieval history, designated History 611C, are offered on an as-needed basis, usually once every four or five semesters. The course content varies between three types: 1) a basic readings course in the secondary literature; 2) a topical readings course; and 3) a research seminar. The readings seminars are open to non-majors and unclassified students with permission from the instructor.

Research Project Links

Cuthbert cross Revealing Words: Northumbria in the Tenth Century blog.
Community of St. Cuthbert cover The Community of St. Cuthbert in the Late Tenth Century: The Chester-le-Street Additions to Durham Cathedral Library A.IV.19 (The Ohio State University Press Text, 2012). ScholarSpace open access to Durham A.IV.19, fols. 61r11-88v
Cross and Culture cover Sancta Crux/Halig Rod: The Cross in Anglo-Saxon England: A three-year collaborative project with Sarah Larratt Keefer and Catherine Karkov, exploring the cross as an object, gesture, and concept in pre-Conquest England. Ordering information for volume 2: Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies in Honor of George Hardin Brown (West Virginia University Press, 2006).
Popular Religion cover Jolly, Karen Louise, Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996). Ordering Information. Sample charms translated.
Tradition and Diversity Jolly, Karen Louise, ed., Tradition and Diversity: European Christianity in a World Context to 1500 (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997). Ordering Information. Table of Contents
Witchcraft and Magic cover The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Modern Europe Volume 3: The Middle Ages, co-authored with Catharina Raudvere, and Edward Peters; series edited by Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart Clark. Athlone Press and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Medieval Links

General Education Links

updated 05/05/13