HISTORY 491 - Topics in History: HistoryLabs II
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Living and Dying in Late Medieval London
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This research seminar is a HistoryLab course that will work with the London Metropolitan Archive (LMA) to explore daily life in medieval London through last wills and testaments. Thousands of ordinary men and women wrote last wills. Will reveal a great deal about Londoners’ mobility, family life, religion, material culture, professional networks, and the different priorities of men and women. The wills we will be working with come from London’s Commissary Court and cover the dates 1484-1487; dates which cover the War of the Roses and the accession of Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch. Thus, one of the questions for the course will be how major political events register in the daily lives of people, who are not on the battlefront. Ability to travel, language, handwriting, and lack of legal knowledge all hinder access to medieval documents. A major goal of this project will be to work with the LMA to make these wills better known to scholars, genealogists, and the interested public. Most of the wills in this register are in English rather than Latin and the LMA has digitized them for our use. Members of the seminar will work in teams, learning how to read and transcribe these sources and collaborate in creating an online museum-style digital exhibit that combines qualitative, and quantitative analysis with interactive maps and reproductions of key documents.

Course Requirements:

This seminar requires students to perform independent research, work in teams with their peers, and meet deadlines.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for students interested in performing original research and with some background in history or medieval studies.


HISTORY 491 - Topics in History: HistoryLabs II
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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