Undergraduate Course: Daughters, Wives and Mothers: Women in England, c.1300-1500 (HIST10388)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||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.
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
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)
14. Life-cycle service
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||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
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the relevant areas of medieval women's history
- Execute defined research and produce structured and analytical essays on aspects of the course
- Critically analyse the sources relevant to the course and be familiar with their strengths and limitations
- Make formal presentations in relation to course topic
- Work effectively with classmates and take part in detailed discussions and debates
|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).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Cordelia Beattie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3778
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580