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Module Outline

Term 1

1. Film La Reine Margot: the Saint-Bartholomew's massacres: how did it ever get this far? Introduction to the French Renaissance; the Wars of Religion

2. Renaissance and Reformation: the spread of the ‘new religion’; print culture ; the tools of the trade I (skills session - reading sixteenth-century French texts)

3. Rabelais / Erasmus (extracts) - (Just) War and Peace

4. The tools of the trade II (skills session - databases; working with political pamphlets)

5. Catholics: Ronsard, Discours des Misères de ce temps

6. [Reading Week]

7. Catholics: Ronsard, Discours des Misères de ce temps (continued)

8. Catholics: Remy Belleau's De belllo Huguenotico (in translation)

9. Protestant resistance theory? The Monarchomachs

10. Huguenots: Agrippa d’Aubigné, Les Tragiques (Misères, Princes, Fers)

Term 2

1. Huguenots: Agrippa d’Aubigné, Les Tragiques (continued)

2. the Politiques: La Satyre Ménippée

3. the Politiques: La Satyre Ménippée (continued)

4. Word and image: Richard Verstegan, Le Théâtre des cruautés

5. Montaigne, I.45 ‘De la bataille de Dreux’; ‘Des Cannibales’; II.11 ‘De la cruauté’; II.12 ‘Apologie de Raimond de Sebonde’

6. [Reading Week]

7. Montaigne (continued)

8. Jacques Auguste de Thou: the historians’ view (TBC)

9. Robert Merle's Fortune de France (1977)

10. La Reine Margot (again): layered views of the past

Term 3:

Conclusions and revisions (discussing common threads such as 'gender, violence and religion')