History 125/CLC 121

Louis XIV and Versailles

(Dr. Mann)
(Dr. Martin)
Lecture Outlines
(Dr. Martin)


Dr. Jess Mann (French): MannJT@Westminster.edu
Dr. Russell Martin (History): MartinRE@Westminster.edu

Objectives for Cluster Courses

 As part of the Liberal Studies requirements, all students are required to complete successfully both components of a cluster course.  The faculty has determined four objectives for each cluster course:

1. Investigate the connectedness of knowledge.
2. Demonstrate the ability to use concepts from one discipline in pursuing the study of another.
3. Demonstrate the complementary nature of learning.
4. Understand how the nature of a discipline affects the interpretation of knowledge and shapes the generation of data and the
    investigation of concepts.

To achieve these overarching objectives, the following Course Objectives have been established for CLC 121/HIS 125:

1. To explore the roles of history and literature during the time period directly previous to and immediately following the reign of Louis XIV.
2. To examine the role of society and the human condition during the reign of Louis XIV.
3. To understand the profound influence that Louis XIV exerted upon the history and literature of his reign and the vestiges of
    this influence at the end of the twentieth century.
4. To explore the similarities and differences between historical and literary approaches to this time period.
5. To understand the limitations of historical and literary interpretations of this time period.
6. To develop effective written and oral communication skills and to support these skills through the appropriate use of
    technology tools.
7. To develop problem solving, critical thinking and cooperative learning skills.
8. To instill a love of learning and respect for past and other cultures.


The texts represent a selection of French neo-classical literature and contemporary and modern historical works.  They were chosen for their appropriateness for the level of the course and, in the case of the literary works, their availability in good translation.

            CLC 121                                                                         HIS 125

            LaFayette, The Princess of Clèves                                  Briggs, Early Modern France
            Corneille, The Cid                                                            Lewis, The Splendid Century
            Molière, Tartuffe                                                             Richelieu,  The Political Testament
            Racine, Phèdre                                                                Kettering, French Society
            Voltaire, Candide                                                            Knecht, The French Wars of Religion

            CLC 121 and HIS 125

            Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre


1. Attendance:  Attendance at every class is important.  A total of two unexcused absences during a semester will lower the
final grade by one letter.  The grade will lower another letter for every additional absence.  Attendance will be taken
during each session and all excuses must be presented to the instructor.

2. Participation:  Classroom participation is essential to the success of this cluster course.  This is not a lecture class – while we  will lecture occasionally, we prefer a more interactive teaching style.  This style may include student-teacher dialogue and group work among other pedagogies.  It is, therefore, imperative that students prepare the assignments carefully in advance in order to contribute effectively in class.

3. Honesty is an essential aspect of academic integrity.  Individual students are responsible for doing their own work and for not taking credit for the effort or the ideas of others.  This obligation is based on mutual trust.  Cheating of any type on any graded work will not be tolerated.  See the current Undergraduate Catalog for further information on academic integrity.

4. Grades will be reduced on late assignments by the percentage of 1/3 of a letter grade for every weekday late.


1. Separate final grades will be given for the individual courses.  However, both grades will be determined according to the same criteria:

· Class Participation    15%
· Quizzes and other written work  20%
· Mid-Term Exam    20%
· Final Project    20%
· Final Exam    25%

2.  Grades will be assigned according to the following numerical equivalents:

 93 - 100   A
 90 - 92    A-
 87-89    B+
 83-86    B
 80 - 82    B-   etc.
 below 59   F

Course Schedule (Dr. Mann)

Course Schedule (Dr. Martin)

Week I
     January 21:  Introduction, Martin Guerre (film)
           Readings:  Davis, Martin Guerre; De Lafayette, The Princess of Clèves.
     January 22:  France in the 16th Century (for Jan. 22:  Briggs, ch. 1).
           Readings:  Knecht, The French Wars of Religion.

Week II
     January 28:  Martin Guerre and The Princess of Clèves (Part one)
           Readings:  The Princess of Clèves; Montaigne, selections
    January 29:  Wars of Religion
           Readings:  Kettering, chs. 1-3; Briggs, ch. 2.

Week III
     February 4:  The Princess of Clèves (Part two) and Montaigne (selections)
           Readings:  The Cid
     February 5:  Family and Society
           Readings:  The Political Testament of Richelieu

Week IV
     February 11: Corneille and Richelieu:  Literature as History
           Readings:  Corneille, Polyeuctus
     February 12:  Corneille and Richelieu:  History as Literature
           Readings:  Briggs, pp. 77-128; Kettering, chs. 4, 6.

Week V
     February 18:  Polyeuctus
           Readings:  La Rochfoucauld, Maxims
     February 19:  Richelieu and the Power of the Crown
           Readings:  Briggs, 128-65; Kettering, ch. 5.

Week VI

     February 25:  La Rochfoucauld, Maxims
           Readings:  Exam Preparation
     February 26:  Louis XIV:  The Early Years
          Readings:  Exam Preparation

Week VII
     March 4:  Midterm Examination
           Readings:   Molière, Tartuffe
     March 5:  Film:  Tartuffe;  Paper topics due today.
           Readings:  Lewis, all.

     March 9-17: Mid Break

Week IX
     March 18:  Tartuffe
           Readings:   Racine, Phèdre
     March 19:  Louis XIV—His Court and His France; Paper topics approved today.
           Readings:  Kettering, chs. 7, 8; Briggs, ch. 4.

Week X
     March 25:  Phèdre
           Readings:  Selections from Pascal
     March 26:  The 18th Century:  Louis XV and the Age of Reason
           Readings:  TBA.

Week XI
     April 2:  “The Wager”  (joint session); Elsewhere in Europe
          Readings:  Voltaire, Candide; TBA

Week XII
     April 8:  Pascal Selections
         Readings:   Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons (Selections)
     April 9:  Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

     April 15:  Student Presentations
           Readings:  TBA.
     April 16:  Student Presentations
           Readings:  TBA.

Week XIV
     April 22:  Film:  Dangerous Liaisons
     April 29:  The Fall of the Monarchy; Papers Due tonight.

Week XV
     May 6:  Retrospective

Final Examination:  Thursday, May 9, 2002, 6:30pm in PH 132.


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