HIST 372 surveys the Middle Ages from the eve of the Twelfth Century Renaissance to the onslaught of the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century. Among the topics covered are the economic and political transformations of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the flowering of learning and culture during this same period, the highlights of Christian thought from Peter Abelard to St. Thomas Aquinas, and the problems and achievements of the High Middle Ages.