Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales 1250-1800
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  70%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   1 x 2 hour supplementary (resit) examination  70%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should :
Have a firm grounding in the secondary source material and on-going debates in the field of medieval and early modern Welsh history.

Reflect upon and critically analyze secondary and primary sources

Collect, collate and analyze historical evidence and produce both written and (where relevant) oral arguments

Work independently and collaboratively.

Produce work in a professional manner and develop skills appropriate to the study of history


This module will add to the range of option modules available to first year students in the Department. In particular it will introduce students to vital themes in the late medieval and early modern history of Wales.

Brief description

This study of medieval and early modern Wales is intended to provide an introduction to some of the key themes in the history of Wales before the advent of large-scale industrialization. It will attempt to identify the main developments in the country's history from the period of native princely power in the thirteenth century to the early growth of political radicalism in the late eighteenth century. Attention will be paid throughout to the responses of the people of Wales to the changes in authority and government


1. The Formation of a Political Identity: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
2. The Conquest of 1282
3. The Consequences of Conquest
4. Glyndwr's Rebellion
5. The Search for the 'Son of Prophecy'
6. The Acts of Union (1536-43)
7. The nature of early modern society
8. The role of the gentry
9. Popular belief and custom.
10. The impact of the Renaissance
11. The Protestant Reformation
12. Wales and the Civil War
13. Puritanism and Dissent
14. Literacy and education in the eighteenth century
15. The Methodist Revival
16. The Invention of Tradition
17. Iolo Morganwg and Romanticism
18. The growth of political radicalism

Seminars (from):
Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Owain Glyndwr
The Acts of Union
Reformation and Renaissance
Wales and the Civil War
Enthusiasm and Enlightenment in the Eighteenth Century

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
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.
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 Use a range of commonly used software packages; prepare and input data; manage storage systems; present information and data; use the internet appropriately and effectively.
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 plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
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 4