Undergraduate Course: Making and Breaking Medieval Britain: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales c.1100 - c1500 (HIST08039)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course traces the interlocked story of the various polities that occupied late medieval Britain and Ireland. It examines the way in which the understanding of Britain as a cohesive geographical, political and cultural unit strengthened in the 12th and 13th centuries, and how this process reversed in the 14th century, an age of war, plague and economic decline.
The course provides students with an overview of the key developments in the history of late medieval Britain and Ireland. The course addresses and questions the comparative methodological approach pioneered by Rees Davies and Robin Frame (the so-called 'New British History') that seeks to understand the history of the British Isles as something more than a collection of 'national' political narratives. The chronological starting point is provided by the profound transformation of the aristocratic, ecclesiastical, administrative, economic structures, and cultural and social life, of the various polities within the British Isles that came in the wake of the Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England. The course traces the way in which, thereafter, Frankish political and cultural norms extended over much of the British Isles and Ireland, drawing the various societies that inhabited the islands into European networks, largely mediated through the English crown and its associated institutions. The course outlines the way in which the 'Europeanisation' process allowed the English monarchy to reinforce its dominant position within Britain, before the impact of war, plague and famine in the fourteenth century destroyed the coherence of this 'English Empire'.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Oral presentation 10%
Overall tutorial performance 10%
One 2000 word essay 30%
One two-hour exam (on source extracts) 50%
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of key aspects of medieval Britain and Ireland;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, within a specified time;
- demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
- demonstrate an ability to organize their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable
|R. Bartlett, The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950- 1350 (London, 1993)|
R. Britnell, Britain and Ireland 1050-1530: Economy and Society (Oxford, 2004)
D. Carpenter, The Struggle for Mastery. The Penguin History of Britain 1066-1284 (London 2003)
R.R. Davies, Domination and Conquest: Ireland, Wales and Scotland, 1100-1300. (Cambridge, 1990)
C.Dyer, Making a living in the middle ages: the people of Britain 850-1520 (Yale, 2002)
R. Frame, The Political Development of the British Isles, 1100-1400 (Oxford, 1995)
J. Gillingham, The English in the Twelfth Century (Woodbridge 2000)
S.Rigby A Companion to Britain in the Later Middle Ages (Chichester, 2009)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Stephen Boardman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4035
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783