This course examines the period bounded by the Black Death and the Protestant Reformation. It explores the major political, intellectual and cultural developments in Renaissance Italy and their later translation to Northern Europe. Topics may include the place of Italy in the late medieval world; the causes and consequences of the crises of the fourteenth century; the emergence of humanism and the revival of antiquity; the relationship between culture and power; popular piety; new models of gender relations in Renaissance society; the impact of printing; and the unique shape of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. Assignments will stress primary source analysis. Lecture: Three hours a week. Restriction: Student must have second year standing or above OR have permission of the instructor. 07-01-2020-02-04-2020 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 10:00AM - 11:15AM, Duffy Science Ctr, Room 219