W&L Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
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According to the 2010-2011 Washington and Lee University Catalog (undergraduate), all "honors programs require an honors thesis during the senior year, involving six credits (no more, no less) of independent work, such as a significant report based upon field or laboratory research, a creative accomplishment in the arts, or a comparable scholarly undertaking, demonstrating more than simply a mastery of subject matter." This site provides access to honors theses the University Library has included in a digitization project beginning in 2010. In many cases, these records include online access to the complete contents of theses, but, at the authors' wishes, some of these records limit online access to current W&L researchers. For similar reasons, some records allow no online access at all.
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The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory: The Albigensian Crusade and the Subjugation of the Languedoc (thesis) The conditions, which range from the predictable (stop sheltering and employing those identified by clerics as Jews and heretics) to the seemingly arbitrary (no new taxes or tolls on roads) to the bizarre (no eating more ...
"Distributism and medieval English peasant life : testing the historical vision of Hilaire Belloc" (thesis) This thesis seeks to test Hilaire Belloc's vision of the economic history of medieval England, particularly two of his claims. First, the servile state was abolished and the distributist state nearly fully completed by the ...
In his Book on the Life of the Widow, written in 1491, Savonarola takes into account the realities of a widow's situation, and categorizes women based upon their desires and their options. He does not condemn those who ...
An analysis of the dissemination and evolution of Christian mysticism through Middle English vernacular literature (thesis) My thesis examines a total of three works of literature written in Middle English. I believe that Richard Rolle's Meditations on the Passion, the medieval religious lyric I have selected and The Book of Margery Kempe ...
In Erec, Yvain, and Perceval, Chrétien blends fantasy and realism in a seamless conjointure, exploiting well known supernatural motifs from various ancient sources to highlight themes relevant to contemporary life. Tropes ...