Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Conflict & Coexistence: from the Normans to Owain Glyn Dwr
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 2 Hour Seminars
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   (1 x 3 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to
Assess critically the body of historical knowledge which discusses medieval Wales in its wider social and political contexts.

Comprehend and assess the different historical debates and analyses evident in related texts, ranging from the Middle Ages to recent scholarly works.

Read, analyse and assess a range of different types of historical evidence, including literary evidence.

Comprehend the historical debates and problems regarding the impact of Anglo-Norman settlement on medieval Welsh society.

Develop and lead historical debates.

Work independently and as part of a group and take an active part in group discussions.

Express understanding and discuss related issues through writing in an academic context.

Understand the importance of historical sites and appreciate their role as physical evidence.

Brief description

The now ruined Welsh castles of Edward I are a powerful reminder of an age of conquest and power struggle, which lasted for centuries. Beginning with the Norman Conquest of England and the arrival of Norman settlers in Wales in the eleventh century, discussing the rise and fall of the native princes and ending with Owain Glyn D'r'r revolt in the fifteenth century, this module aims to introduce this period of conflict and coexistence which shaped and re-shaped medieval Wales and its people. Questions of national identity will be addressed in the light of the transformation of medieval Wales during the centuries of unrest and settlement, and these issues will be further illustrated with examples from medieval Welsh prose and poetry (in translation). By assessing the interaction of Welsh society through politics, trade and war, the situation of medieval Wales will be set into the wider European context.


To introduce students to the broad sweep of Welsh history from the Norman Conquest to the revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr.
To consider the conflict and coexistence that characterized and shaped Wales and its people.
To assess the changing character of national identity in this period.
To place medieval Wales in a broader, European context.


1. Introduction: medieval sources
2. The arrival of the Normans
3. Normans and princes: the struggle for supremacy
4. The Normans in Wales: influence and effect
5. The Lord Rhys
6. Llywelyn the Great
7. Llywelyn the Last
8. Edward I and Wales
9. Visit to the National Library
10. Economy and society
11. Church and religion
12. Culture
13. Seeking the silent majority?
14. Wales after the conquest (i): tension and conflict
15. Wales after the conquest (ii): coexistence
16. Owain Glyndwr (i): support and opposition
17. Owain Glyndwr (ii): consequences
18. Conclusions

1. Normans and princes: a divided Wales?
2. The two Llywelyns: forming a Welsh state?
3. Wales and the continent: an international society?
4. The fourteenth century: conflict of coexistence?
5. The Glyndwr Rebellion: a national rebellion?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 6