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Undergraduate Course: The Conquest Generation, 1087-1135: England and Henry 1 (HIST10356)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis Special Subject (4MA) Honours course examines
the reigns of the sons of William the Conqueror in
Normandy and England between 1087 and the death
of Henry I in 1135. Although the conquest of 1066
introduced a new aristocracy and affected the
ecclesiastical, social, cultural, and economic
institutions of the kingdom of England and its
neighbours, the evidence of many of these changes
only became more visible in the reigns of the
Conqueror¿s sons. The course draws on a comparative
wealth of translated source material as well as an
extensive secondary literature, including recent major
studies of Duke Robert, William Rufus and Henry I.
The course will explore, inter alia, the succession crisis
of 1087; the wars of succession in 1087-8 and 1101;
the conquest of Normandy in 1106; the expansion of
Norman settlement into Wales; relations with the
Kingdom of the Scots; the development of royal
administration; the succession of 1135; the poltical
culture of the Anglo-Norman regnum; the
establishment of the cross-Channel aristocracy; the
impact of reform on the Church in England and
Normandy between 1087 and 1135; the establishment
of the new monastic orders; the relationship between
SHCA UG Board of Studies, Curriculum Proposal
the kings of England, dukes of Normandy and the
kings of France; and, significantly, the remarkable
expansion of historical writing in this period.
Although, many aspects of the course are treated
thematically, broadly speaking the Autumn Semester
will focus on the reigns of William Rufus and Robert
Curthose, covering the twenty years between 1087
and 1106. The Spring Semester will largely be
concerned with the reign of Henry I (1100-1135).
The course draws on the course organiser's research
expertise in this field and, in particular, his recent biography of Duke Robert of Normandy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783)
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting Students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 344 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Paper I2:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Paper II2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students that students will be able to
demonstrate through the essay and exam and participation in class

1) The ability to produce structured and analytical written work on
aspects of the course.
2) The ability to develop and sustain discussions on historical matters.
3) An understanding of the main issues relating to the period in
4) The ability to develop critical approaches to historical sources
Assessment Information
Two essays, one per semester, of 3000 words each, representing one third of the assessment for
the course; two written examinations of two hours each representing the remaining two thirds of
the assessment for the course.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Semester 1: the Red King: Introduction to the course; The primary sources; The career and death
of William the Conqueror; William Rufus and Robert Curthose and the war of succession 1087-8;
England and Normandy, 1088-1095; Norman Normans and Anglo-Normans?; William Rufus and
the Welsh; Scotland, 1087-1107; Archbishop Anselm, 1093-1109 and the investiture contest; The
Benedictine reformation; Ranulf Flambard and royal government under William Rufus
Semester 2: Henry I: Was William Rufus assassinated on 2 August 1100?; The succession of
Henry I and his marriage to Edith of Scotland; The fall of Normandy: from the Anglo-Norman civil
war of 1101 to Tinchebray, 1106; Henry I and the kings of France; The English Church under
Henry I; Queen Matilda; The new monastic orders in England; Norman Romanesque architecture;
The rise of administrative kingship; The wreck of the White Ship and the succession to Henry I;
Transferable skills By the end of the course students will have developed:
1) the ability to gather evidence independently
2) the ability to produce well-researched written and oral
3) time-management skills and the ability to work to deadlines
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr William Aird
Tel: (0131 6)50 9968
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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