MVST 4654 Medieval London: Syllabi

Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University


This interdisciplinary capstone course draws on archaeological and historical evidence and methods to study medieval London. By the end of the course, students should:

  • Understand the economic, political, religious, and social influences on the development of medieval London’s landscape of buildings, streets, and public spaces
  • Understand the economic, social, administrative, and religious history of medieval London from the Anglo-Saxons through the Wars of the Roses
  • Have experience analyzing the chief primary sources for medieval London, particularly its charters, chronicles, court rolls, ordinances, guild records, contracts, and wills
  • Be able to interpret material evidence for medieval London, particularly human skeletal material, ceramics, clothing, small finds, and the architectural features of buildings
  • Be able to compare, contrast, and coordinate archaeological and documentary evidence on particular aspects of London’s medieval past in class discussions and a final paper
  • Become familiar with digital tools and communication by contributing to an online (Omeka) curated exhibition on the material culture of medieval London