Right now I hope you are making the most of summer's end, and not worrying too much about this course. However, I hope that you'll find this before classes start, to read this message and any others I leave here.
One thing I am concerned about is books, and whether our bookstore, under new management, will be quicker in stocking required texts than the old one. Once you start thinking about HIST 5216, start checking out the book situation.
Here are the three books you must have constant access to. All of them are fairly cheap Penguin paperbacks, and should be available used. One of the first assignments, due September 23, will involve reading Books I and II of The History of the Franks and a big section of Southern's history of the western church. You will want to have both of these books the week before September 23. If you decide to be proactive about book acquisition, this is the information you will need.
Gregory of Tours, A History of the FranksSee you later!
Jean de Joinville and Geoffrey de Villehardouin, Chronicles of the Crusades
ISBN 978- 0140441246
R.W. Southern, Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages
ISBN 978- 0140137552