MDVL 2000: Voices of the Middle Ages

An image of the Battle of Roncesvals from a medieval manuscript.MDVL 2000: Voices of the Middle Ages, taught through Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute, is an interdisciplinary course designed to let voices from the past speak to us.  Readings include “Hrafnkel’s saga,” the “Song of Roland” and the “Poem of the Cid”; collectively these texts speak to us about relationships such as those between people of different religions, between spouses, as well as between lords and their men; about values such as loyalty, honor, heroism and faith; and about aspects of culture that we take for granted today, such as medicine, education, easy means of communication and travel. The course aims to teach students to read, hear, and respond to medieval voices.

MDVL 2000 meets the student learning outcomes in the WMU Essential Studies Level 2 – Exploration and Discovery – Course Category: World Language and Culture.