Hystory of Christianity and of the Churches (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Mariaclara Rossi
Mariaclara Rossi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA dal Oct 1, 2014 al Nov 16, 2014.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

knowledge of sources and instruments of the historic-religious research, ability to analyse sources in relation with the problems of the historical-religious research.


Prerequisites: knowledge, even elementary, of classical Latin, basic knowledge of the Medieval history from V to XV century.

Content of the course:
During the course the main institutions of the medieval church will be presented into the most general context of the Italy and European history in the Middle Age (V-XV centuries). Besides the institutional aspects, the development of the religious life and of the ideas which animated the medieval Christianity will be investigated in all their components. Object of analyses will also be the moments of the passages, of the crises and the changes, with particular reference to the first centuries of the Christianity, to the reform of the XI century, to the religious movements of the XII and XIII centuries, to the development of the Begging orders, to the crises of XIV century.

Reference books

1- Storia del cristianesimo. Il Medioevo, a cura di G. Filoramo e D. Menozzi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1997. You have to study only the chapters of G. Tabacco e di M. Gallina.
2- G.G. Merlo, Il cristianesimo medievale in Occidente, Roma-Bari 2012.
G. Potestà- G. Vian, Storia del cristianesimo, Il Mulino 2014 (nuova edizione).

Two contributions chosen from the following to be agreed with the teacher (for not attending the cintributions are three).
-C. La Rocca, La cristianizzazione dei barbari e la nascita dell’Europa, distribuito in formato digitale da “Reti medievali”. Sezione Rivista, V – 2004/2 (luglio-dicembre). (www.retimedievali.it). Also in Il cristianesimo. Grande atlante, I: Dalle origini alle Chiese contemporanee, Torino 2006, pp. 72-89.
-M. Pellegrini, Vescovo e città. Una relazione nel Medioevo italiano (secoli II-XIV), Milano 2009.
-V. Polonio, Il monachesimo nel Medioevo italico, in G.M. Cantarella, V. Polonio, R. Rusconi, Chiesa, chiese, movimenti religiosi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2001, pp. 83-187.
-G.G. Merlo, Frate Francesco, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013.
-M.P. Alberzoni, Chiara d’Assisi e il francescanesimo femminile, in Francesco d’Assisi e il primo secolo di storia francescana, Torino 1997, pp. 203-235.
-G.G. Merlo, Eretici ed eresie medievali, Il Mulino, Bologna 2011 (nuova edizione)
J. Flori, Le crociate, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003.
- M. Carpinello, Il monachesimo femminile, Milano 2002.
-J.A.K. McNamara, Sorelle in armi, Piemme, Casale Monferrato 2000, pp. 1-357.

A collection of sources will be distributed during the course. The use of a historical atlas is recommended to support of the knowledge of medieval history necessary for the comprehension of the religious history.

Teaching methods: frontal lessons within a seminary context, reading and analysis of sources.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral interviews and possible written reports to be previously agreed with the teacher.