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Postgraduate Course: The Sources of Medieval History (PGHC11214)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to a range of the primary sources available for the study medieval history. It also introduces students to the methodologies and theoretical approaches employed by historians in dealing with these sources.
Course description This course is designed to provide an overview for MSc students of a selection of surviving medieval sources, the social contexts in which they were produced, the differing ways in which they have been interpreted by modern scholars and, where appropriate, a brief introduction to the technical skills needed for their study, such as codicology, palaeography, and diplomatic. The course is delivered through a programme of seminars, some of which may be held in the University Library Special Collections and the National Museum of Scotland (subject to availability). Topics for discussion may include (depending on the research interests of available staff): chronicles, hagiography, monastic rules, penitentials, wills and petitions. Lessons may also be offered on manuscripts, editions and material sources.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the Sources of Medieval History
  2. Analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship and conceptual discussions about the Sources of Medieval History
  3. Understand and apply specialised research or professional skills, techniques and practices considered in the course
  4. Develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  5. Demonstrate originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of academic autonomy
Reading List
Bartlett, R., Why Can the Dead do such Great Things? (Princeton, 2013) - a recent survey by a very distinguished medievalist.

Brown, P., The Cult of the Saints. Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity (Chicago, 1981)

Camargo, M., Ars Dictaminis, Ars Dictandi (Turnhout, 1991)

Cheney, C.R., revised Jones, M., A Handbook of Dates for Students of English History (Cambridge, 2000)

Clanchy, M.T., From Memory to Written Record. England 1066-1307, 2nd edn (Oxford, 1993)

Constable, G., Letters and Letter Collections, Typologie des sources du Moyen Age Occidental, fasc. 17 (Turnhout, 1976)

Deliyannis, D.M. (ed.), Historiography in the Middle Ages (Brill: Leiden, 2002)

Delogu, P., An Introduction to Medieval History, (Duckworth: London, 2002)

Flanagan, M.T., and Green, J.A. (eds.), Charters and Charter Scholarship in Britain and Ireland (Houndmills, 2005)

Gransden, A., Historical Writing in England, 2 vols. (London, 1974, 1982)

Heffernan, T.J., Sacred Biography: Saints and their Biographers in the Middle Ages (Oxford, 1988)

Heidecker, K., (ed.), Charters and the Use of the Written Word in Medieval Society, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, 5 (Turnhout, 2000)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSourcesofMedHist Sources Medieval History
Course organiserDr William Aird
Tel: (0131 6)50 9968
Course secretaryMr George Bottrell-Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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