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Medieval Studies addresses Europe and to some extent North Africa and the Middle East from late Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages (approximately 350 to 1500 C.E.). Nearly twenty faculty members at Western specialize in the study of the Middle Ages, focusing on such questions as the origin of scholastic philosophy, the farce in France and the origins of modern drama, the development of Gregorian chant in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Christine de Pisan, the Gothic cathedral and its later imitation, the legal history of late medieval England, the psalms in Anglo-Saxon England, exemplary literature in Spain, food in medieval Germany, heraldry in Anglo-Norman England, the reception of the story of El Cid in later Spain, Chaucer, fourteenth-century village life in rural England, and much more. Western's new program in Medieval Studies will, beginning with a Minor, offer students the chance to learn about the people, places and events from which developed the cultures of modern Europe, North American and to a large extent Australasia and parts of Asia.

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