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Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: This is a very intensive course and will require, on average, 10-12 hours of your time per week....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
8 hours to complete

Course Introduction, an Abbreviated History, and 13th Century Manuscripts

This week we examine why we should study the history of the medieval city of Burgos – its oversized impact on Spain -- and begin our examination of 13th-century manuscripts and paleography (how to read older forms of handwriting)....
Reading
7 videos (Total 51 min), 17 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
Why your participation is important in this course?4m
Spain's Long-Standing Relationship with Jews and Muslims10m
Highlights of the Castilian Kingdom (800 to 1300 CE)8m
Introduction to the Municipal Archive of Burgos12m
Paleography: 13th Century Alphabet6m
Spanish Paleography: 13th Century Numerals and Abbreviations4m
Reading17 readings
Week One Overview10m
Course Introduction10m
Course Syllabus5m
Course Assessments5m
Acknowledgements5m
An Abbreviated History: The Origins of Spain10m
How Religion Influenced Spain – Deciding “Who” was “Who”? Friend or Foe?10m
Ascent of the Castilians: The Kingdom of Castile (800-1300) and the City of Burgos10m
A Genealogy of Kings: Castile, Aragon and Navarre10m
Introduction: What is Paleography?5m
Paleography: A Script from the 13th Century15m
Paleography: 13th Century Letters (Consonants and Vowels)10m
Paleography: 13th Century Numbers10m
Paleography: 13th Century Abbreviations10m
Create a 13th Century Alphabet10m
13th Century Manuscript Library10m
How to: Cropping images for alphabets10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
History Exam #110m
13th Century Paleography Problem Set A25m
13th Century Paleography Problem Set B25m
13th Century Paleography Problem Set C30m
13th Century Paleography Exam #1m
Week
2
Hours to complete
10 hours to complete

Reconquista, Museum Artifacts, Religious Diversity, and 11th-13th Century Manuscripts

This week we evaluate the convoluted Spanish Christian Reconquest (Reconquista) and explore the complicated Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar “El Cid”. We view Christian and Muslim artifacts preserved at the provincial Museo de Burgos, study the Jewish and Muslim communities of the Burgos, and investigate 11th- and 13th- century manuscripts....
Reading
10 videos (Total 62 min), 12 readings, 9 quizzes
Video10 videos
Welcome to the Museo de Burgos (Spain)3m
The Museo de Burgos and its Activities6m
The Museo de Burgos - Urn of St. Dominic (1165 - 1170 CE)7m
The Museo de Burgos - The Virgin of the Battles (1225 - 1235 CE)3m
The Museo de Burgos - Muslim Artifacts Become Christian8m
Origins of the Jewish and Muslim Communities of Burgos7m
Treasures of the Archive of the Cathedral of Burgos9m
Exploring Manuscript AMB Manuscript HI-1083m
Exploring Manuscript SJ-1/1 “Alfonso VI concede al Monasterio”6m
Reading12 readings
Week Two Overview10m
Civilizations in Conflict?: The Complications of the Reconquista10m
Legend and Confounding Realities: Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar “The Cid”10m
Manuscript "Carta de Arras": El Cid and Doña Jimena in the Historical Record10m
The Jewish Community (Juderia) of Burgos (800 to 1300)10m
The Muslim Community (Moreria) of Burgos (800 to 1300)10m
Self-Perceptions: Spanish Christians, Jews, and Muslims10m
Paleography: Continuing with the 13th Century10m
Paleography: A Script from the 11th Century10m
Paleography: 11th Century Letters (Consonants and Vowels)10m
Paleography: 11th Century Numbers10m
Paleography: 11th Century Abbreviations10m
Quiz9 practice exercises
History Exam #225m
13th Century Paleography Problem Set D (Part 1)25m
13th Century Paleography Problem Set D (Part 2)30m
13th Century Paleography Problem Set D (Part 3)30m
13th Century Paleography Exam #220m
11th Century Paleography Problem A - Set 140m
11th Century Paleography Problem A - Set 252m
11th Century Paleography Problem B - Set 110m
11th Century Paleography Exam 16m
Week
3
Hours to complete
10 hours to complete

14th Century Tragedy, Jewish and Christian Museum Artifacts, and Continuing 11th Century Manuscripts

This week we delve into the Castilian crisis of the 14th-century -- the arrival of the Black Death (Plague), an intensive civil war, and rampant anti-Jewish violence. We explore the creation of a new Spanish identity -- the conversos -- Jewish converts to Christianity. Via virtual field trips, we visit medieval Burgos and return to the Museo de Burgos. We continue our investigation of 11th-century manuscripts, working hard to perfect our paleography skills....
Reading
7 videos (Total 59 min), 10 readings, 7 quizzes
Video7 videos
Anti-Jewish Pogroms (1390s CE)8m
The New Nobility: Arrival of the Conversos7m
Virtual Field Trip: A journey to the medieval city of Burgos18m
The Museo de Burgos - Jewish Artifacts, Part 14m
The Museo de Burgos - Jewish Artifacts, Part 24m
The Museo de Burgos - Christian Funerary Statues6m
Reading10 readings
Week Three Overview10m
Unforeseen Events: The Plague, A Dead King, and Anti-Jewish Sentiment10m
Civil War in the Kingdom of Castile and Leon: Pedro "The Cruel" versus Enrique II of Trastamara10m
Anti-Jewish Pogroms Across Christian Spain (1390s CE)10m
Burgos: The Jewish Population in Distress10m
The New Nobility of Castile: Arrival of the Conversos (Jewish Converts to Christianity)10m
Paleography: Continuing with the 11th Century10m
Create a 11th Century Alphabet10m
11th Century Manuscript Library10m
How to: Cropping images for alphabets10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
History Exam #330m
11th Century Paleography Problem B - Set 26m
11th Century Paleography Problem C - Set 152m
11th Century Paleography Problem C - Set 252m
11th Century Paleography Exam 26m
11th Century Paleography Exam 312m
Week
4
Hours to complete
11 hours to complete

The End of Coexistence in Spain, 15th Century Manuscripts, and the SILREST Paleography Method

This week we witness the end of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim coexistence in medieval Spain with the formation a united Catholic Spain under Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand. To advance our paleographic expertise, we examine 15th-century manuscripts pertain to elites’ lives and the Cathedral of Plasencia. Moreover, we study and practice using the SILReST Paleography Method for deciphering the most challenging manuscripts....
Reading
13 videos (Total 73 min), 16 readings, 10 quizzes
Video13 videos
Moving from Judaism to Catholicism: Re-Appraising the Santa María7m
Unity Under Queen Isabel I and King Fernando II6m
Exploring the Restoration of “Cartulario S. XV. Libro viejo de privilegios de los Reyes Catolicos, LI-385"4m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Transcription Strategies - SILReST (sĭll-rĕst)4m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Strategy #1 - Scan the document2m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Strategy #2 - Identify easy letters4m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Strategy #3 - Locate common words5m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Strategy #4 - Recognize abbreviations6m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Strategy #5 - Search for cognates2m
Advanced Spanish Paleography: Essential Strategy #6 - Type your transcription2m
Advanced Paleography: Learning a Script from the 15th Century (Part 1)12m
Advanced Paleography: Learning a Script from the 15th Century (Part 2)6m
Reading16 readings
Week Four Overview10m
Cultural Backlash: Blood Purity Statutes and Intolerance10m
Suspicions: The Problematic Existence of Conversos10m
A New Community, A New Identity10m
Burgos’ Conversos in the Church and Government10m
Governance of Cathedrals in the 15th Century10m
Moving from Judaism to Catholicism: Re-Appraising the Santa Marias10m
The Santa Maria Family: Predatory Converts or Protectors of Jews10m
Christian Unity Under Queen Isabel (Castile and Leon) and King Ferdinand (Aragon and Catalonia)10m
Paleography: A Script from the 15th Century10m
Paleography: 15th Century Letters (Consonants and Vowels)10m
Paleography: 15th Century Numbers10m
Paleography: 15th Century Abbreviations10m
The SILReST Paleography Method10m
Collection of Paleography Resources5m
Collection of English-Spanish Language Resources5m
Quiz10 practice exercises
History Exam #430m
15th Century Paleography Problem A - Set 148m
15th Century Paleography Problem A - Set 218m
15th Century Paleography Problem A - Set 310m
15th Century Paleography Problem A - Set 438m
15th Century Paleography Exam 140m
SILReST Paleography - Problem A - Strategies 1 and 220m
SILReST Paleography - Problem B - Strategies 3 and 436m
SILReST Paleography - Problem C - Strategies 5 and 616m
SILReST Paleography Method - 15th Century - Exam44m

Instructor

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Dr. Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila

Associate Professor
History

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