Undergraduate Course: Chivalry, Warfare and Society in Medieval Scotland (SCHI10012)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the way in which chivalric literature and thought affected the prosecution of war, the ordering of society and the intellectual and cultural life of the medieval Scottish aristocracy. Although concentrating on Scottish examples the course will address general issues affecting the nobility of Western Europe in the Middle Ages
The course gives students an introduction to the main scholarly debates surrounding the complex medieval social and cultural phenomenon known as 'chivalry'. The course examines the way in which aristocratic chivalric values were first formulated and promoted through literary works, the activity of heralds and clerical writers, and then addresses a number of current scholarly debates. The topics covered include, inter alia, the question of whether chivalric ideas directed and controlled, or encouraged, aristocratic violence in the real world; the writings of Jean Froissart and John Barbour and what they tell us of the relationship between chivalric ideas and warfare; how men of violence reconciled their lives with the need to secure salvation; how far chivalry undermined or strengthened royal government; the influence of courtly love on gender relationships.
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 Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503767).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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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.
|P.Coss, The Knight in Medieval England (1993)|
R.Barber, The Knight and Chivalry (1995).
R.Kaeuper, Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (1999)
E.Kennedy, 'The Knight as Reader of Arthurian Romance', in J.P.Carley and M.R.Shichtman, eds., Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend (1994)
M.Keen, 'Chivalry', in R.L. Radulescu and A.Truelove (eds.), Gentry culture in late medieval England (2005), 35-49.
M.Keen, Origins of the English gentleman: heraldry, chivalry and gentility in medieval England, c.1300-c.1500. (2002).
M.Keen, Chivalry (1984)
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|Course organiser||Prof Stephen Boardman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4035
|Course secretary||Miss Lorna Berridge