Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Medieval London, C. 1350 - 1550
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x weekly 2 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 2  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of relevant themes and approaches to the history of medieval London.

Understand the use of appropriate evidence in formulating historical arguments regarding medieval metropolitan history.

Demonstrate through written work an ability to integrate methodological themes into their own research.



1) Introduction: sources and key questions
2) Shaping the city: the location, topography and growth of London
3) Governing medieval London, part I: development
4) Governing medieval London, part II: triumph and crisis
5) Organising wealth: mercantile guilds and companies
6) Trade and economy
7) Social networks
8) Faith in the city, part I: religious houses and St Paul’s Cathedral
9) Faith in the city, part II: the parish and religious guilds
10) Review

Brief description

This module will explore the topographical, political, social and economic development of London, the (sometimes fraught) relations between the city and the crown, the governance of London, and the role of the church in the capital in the later Middle Ages. A wealth of documentary and archaeological material survives from medieval London, accompanied by an extensive historiographical tradition, a combination that will enable students to investigate in depth different aspects life in the medieval city.


This module is at CQFW Level 7