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Undergraduate Course: Daughters, Wives and Mothers: Women in England, c.1300-1500 (HIST10388)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will examine the lives of women in late medieval England, from birth to death, by examining a range of primary source material both by and about women such as court records, wills, and letters. Its focus is on those below the ranks of the aristocracy and will look at peasant women, townswomen and women in gentry families. It will consider their upbringing, occupations, literacy, participation in religious activities, and rights at law.
Course description This course will examine the lives of women in late medieval England, from birth to death, by examining a range of primary source material both by and about women such as court records, wills, and letters. Its focus is on those below the ranks of the aristocracy and will look at peasant women, townswomen and women in gentry families. It will consider their upbringing, occupations, literacy, participation in religious activities, and rights at law. Questions will be asked about the impact of big events during this period such as the Black Death and the rise of England's first popular heresy, Lollardy. This is an opportunity to study the lives of those often said to be 'hidden from history' and thus to learn and critique how historians have creatively used a range of sources for purposes very different than their original intention. The course content is as follows:
A) IDEAS ABOUT WOMEN
1. Introduction
2. Women's legal status: Treatises and court records
3. Religious teachings: Sermons and exempla
4. Scientific ideas: Medical texts
5. Education: Conduct texts
6. Structured learning activity: formative feedback
B) GENDER AND SOCIAL STATUS
7. Peasant women I: coroners rolls
8. Peasant women II: manor court rolls
9. Urban women I: Guild regulations
10. Urban women II: Borough court rolls
11. After the Black Death: Sessions of the peace
12. Gentry: Paston letters
C) GENDER AND LIFECYCLE (using a mixture of sources)
13. Childbirth
14. Life-cycle service
15. Motherhood
16. Marriage
17. Widowhood
18. Structured learning active: formative feedback
D) WOMEN AND RELIGION
19. Book of Margery Kempe
20. Women's wills
21. Women and heresy: Lollard trials
22. Women and the cult of saints
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
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 Adminstrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 x oral presentations (1 per semester) (5% each, 10% total)
2 x 3,000 word essay (1 per semester) (20% each, 40% total)
2 x 2 hour examination (25% each, 50% total)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the relevant areas of medieval women┐s history
  2. Execute defined research and produce structured and analytical essays on aspects of the course
  3. Critically analyse the sources relevant to the course and be familiar with their strengths and limitations
  4. Make formal presentations in relation to course topic
  5. Work effectively with classmates and take part in detailed discussions and debates
Reading List
P.J.P. Goldberg, Women in England c.1275-1525 (Manchester, 1995).
Book of Margery Kempe (various editions).
D. Watt (ed.), Paston Women: Selected Letters (2004).
K.M. Phillips, Medieval Maidens (Manchester, 2003).
Barbara A. Hanawalt, Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England (Oxford, 1986).
K.L. French, The good women of the parish: gender and religion after the Black Death (Philadelphia, 2008).
D. Watt, Medieval Women┐s Writing: Works by and for women in England, 1100-1500 (2007).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDaughters
Contacts
Course organiserDr Cordelia Beattie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3778
Email: Cordelia.Beattie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Mark Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
Email: Mark.Newman@ed.ac.uk
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