Module Information

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Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
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Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 50 minutes
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 50 minutes plus individual essay tutorials of 10-15 minutes
Workload Breakdown 29 hours contact time 3 hour exam 40 hours revision 128 hours reading 100 hours essay preparation and writing Total = 300 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary assessment  3-hour written exam and submission of any failed written work  40%
Semester Assessment Essays  2 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Examination  3-hour written examination  60%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   3-hour written exam and submission of any failed written work  60%


This module examines one of the central cultural concepts of the middle ages in the context of one of the most important medieval conflicts. It will give students an opportunity to consider how chronicles and chivalric literature may be used as sources by historians, and will introduce them to the military, political, and cultural history of the British Isles and France in the late middle ages.



1) Introduction: outline and main themes
2) The Emergence of a European Knighthood
3) The Emergence of the Ideal of Chivalry: warrior society and the church
4) The Hundred Years War: the reigns of Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV
5) The Hundred Years War: the reigns of Henry V and Henry VI
6) Chronicles and Historiography
7) The Changing Face of Warfare during the Hundred Years War (i): strategy, tactics, and military technology
8) The Changing Face of Warfare during the Hundred Years War (ii): recruitment, finance, and profits of war
9) The Knighthood and Society
10) Chivalry and Military Conduct: the `Just War? and the `Law of Arms?
11) Owen Glyndwyr and the Welsh Rebellion
12) Chivalric Culture (i): tournaments and heraldry
13) Chivalric Culture (ii): knightly orders and courtly love
14) Chivalry, Religion and Crusade
15) Depictions of War and Chivalry in Late Medieval Literature and Art (i): praise
16) Depictions of War and Chivalry in Late Medieval Literature and Art (ii): criticism
17) The Survival of Chivalry: beyond the fifteenth century
18) Overview: course summary


1. Chivalric literature
2. English military ascendancy, 1340-1360
3. Mercenaries
4. Chivalric handbooks: popular literature?
5. War and the non-combatant
6. Chivalric display
7. The emergence of anti-warism
8. The Battle of Agincourt: history and myth
9. Socio-political effects of the Hundred Years War
10. Joan of Arc and the French revival

Brief description

As one of the central ideas of the medieval world, chivalry has endured as a lasting image of the middle ages. This course will take a broad approach to the concept of chivalry and its social function, from its depiction in medieval literature to its role in law and on the battlefield. The course will examine the pervasive influence of chivalric concepts on Anglo-French aristocratic culture, warfare, crusading, and gender relations during the period of the Hundred Years War, utilizing a wide range of both literary and iconographic evidence. Students will be given the opportunity to explore these sources and contribute to the debate on chivalry, including its origins and social functions.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; improve listening skills during the lectures, and consequently develop skills in note taking; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but not assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to access information on CD-Roms and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course/career.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods and plans and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); exercise negotiation and persuasion skills; evaluate group activities and own contribution.


This module is at CQFW Level 6