Class began as scheduled at 9:30a in Morrill 202. Twenty-seven students were listed on the class roster, three fewer than for the previous meeting; one student was new to the course. Twenty-five students were in attendance.
Discussion centered on what it is to be medieval. Framing of the idea was established in terms of time and physical geography; fluidity of beginning and ending dates was noted. A general idea of prevailing tropes and features of medieval life in the British Isles was generated; more enhancement to it is recommended.
As an attendance-taking exercise, students were asked after initial ideas about their research papers. Instructor comments regarding the ideas are forthcoming; they will not be punitive so much as (in some cases) corrective and suggestive of avenues for refinement and the pursuit of new knowledge.