Undergraduate Course: The Conquest Generation, 1087-1135: England and Henry 1 (HIST10356)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
This 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 political 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 the kings of England, dukes of Normandy and the kings of France; and, significantly, the remarkable expansion of historical writing in this period. The course draws on the course organiser's research expertise in this field.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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 Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780)
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
1. Bartlett, R., England under the Norman and Angevin Kings 1075-1225 (Oxford, 2002)
2. Carpenter, David, The Struggle for Mastery: Britain 1066-1284 (Harmondsworth, 2004)
3. Chibnall, Marjorie, Anglo-Norman England, 1066-1166 (Oxford, 1987)
4. Clanchy, M. T., England and Its Rulers 1066-1272: Foreign Lordship and National Identity (try to use the most recent edition).
5. Harper-Bill, C., and Van Houts, Elisabeth, A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World (Woodbridge, 2003)
6. Kempshall, Matthew, Rhetoric and the Writing of History (Manchester, 2011)
On Duke Robert:
7. Aird, William M., Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, c.1050-1134 (Woodbridge, 2008)
8. David, C.W., Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy (Cambridge, MA, 1920).
On William Rufus:
9. Barlow, F., William Rufus (London, 1983)
10. Mason, Emma, William II. Rufus, the Red King (Stroud, 2005).
On Henry I:
11. Green, Judith A., Henry I, King of England and Duke of Normandy (Cambridge, 2006).
12. Hollister, C. Warren, Henry I (New Haven and London, 2001).
|Graduate Attributes and 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
|Course organiser||Dr William Aird
Tel: (0131 6)50 9968
|Course secretary||Miss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030