I would just like to note that the Middle Ages were big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big they were. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to the amount of time from the Fall of Rome to around about when Martin Luther headed off to college.
In short, cramming the entire thousand-year period (look, I realize that bits of that are commonly called the Renaissance, but just work with me here) into a span of, oh, about fifteen weeks, two meetings a week, is making my brain leak out of my ears. As a friend pointed out, it's because I officially know too much about the time period, and thus keep coming up with things that Absolutely Must Be Covered.
Not only that, I am deliberately putting in more stuff written by women and minorities (second is a lot trickier, frankly), which of course means that some "traditional" materials are getting left out, which causes a bit of "But you can't not read Chaucer!"-type anxiety on my part.
(on a related note: anybody have any suggestions for stuff they would want/would not want in a medieval history course?*)
*Marie de France is probably going to be in there anyway; sorry, Ravyn.
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