New: Maximillian And His World 1459-1519

We will look at the life and times of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I who expanded the Habsburg family fortunes by war and marriage to encompass Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain.

Who is this course for

No previous knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential

What does this course cover

We will look at the art and culture of the court of Maximilian I (King of the Romans from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1493). Maximilian has been rather neglected by historians who have tended to focus attention on his grandson, Charles V of Spain. We can also look at Maximilian's remarkable daughter, Margaret of Austria, who was Governor of the Hapsburg Netherlands from 1507-1515 and then from 1519 until her death in 1530.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Explain how the Habsburgs came to acquire the Netherlands and Spain
- Describe how Maximilian attempted to unite his territories
- Assess the royal imagery fostered by Maximilian and Margaret as patrons of the arts

What will it be like

There will be an informative talk using PowerPoint, during which we will read original sources (in translation) and class discussion will be encouraged. You are invited to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.

What else do you need to buy or do

No pre-reading is necessary. A detailed bibliography will be distributed in class. You need only bring note-taking materials

What this course could lead to

You might consider enrolling on other History or History of Art courses run by the Centre.

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