Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Civil War and Revolution in Stuart Wales, 1603-1714
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 18 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word written essay  50%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word written essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment (Resit) 2,500 word written essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment (Resit) 2,500 word written essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate the body of historical knowledge which discusses Stuart Wales in its wider social and political contexts.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical debates and problems regarding the origins and impact of the English Civil War, the beginnings of Protestant Nonconformity and the gradual modernization of Welsh society during the seventeenth century.
3. Read, analyse and assess a range of different types of historical evidence, including literary evidence.

Brief description

The English Civil War casts a long shadow over the course of the seventeenth century. This module will be a comparative and contextual study of Wales during the period dominated by this genuinely revolutionary event. It will examine the development of Welsh society and identity following the final unification of Wales under the Tudors; discuss the reasons for the loyal support that the Welsh gave to the monarchy during the Civil Wars; look at the development of Welsh Puritanism, and examine the first efforts to Protestantize the Welsh in a systematic manner. In the post Civil War period it will analyse the reasons why the Welsh welcomed the Restoration so enthusiastically and trace the persistence of Welsh loyalism through to the emergence of Jacobitism. As well as focusing on high politics, the course will also examine Welsh Puritan spirituality in depth; look at the social and economic structure of the country, and examine some of the cultural changes that Wales experienced in the generation after the Glorious Revolution.


1. Introduction
2. Stuart Government in Wales
3. Welsh society and economy in the early seventeenth century
4. The Stuart Church and the birth of Puritanism
5. Welsh Puritan Spirituality
6. The War of the Three Kingdoms: Origins
7. Wales and the Civil War (i)
8. Wales and the Civil War (ii)
9. The effects of the Civil War
10. The Interregnum and the Propagation Act
11. Puritanism and Millenarianism
12. The Restoration of the Monarchy
13. The Glorious Revolution
14. Jacobitism
15. From Puritanism to Nonconformity
16. Wales and America
17. Pietism, literacy and education
18. Social and economic change: the emergence of the middling sorts and early industrialisation

1. Wales under the early Stuarts
2. The birth of Puritanism
3. Wales and the War of the Three Kingdoms
4. The Interregnum and the Propagation of the Gospel
5. The Restoration and the Glorious Revolution
6. Jacobitism and Welsh loyalism


This module will be a detailed consideration of Wales during the age of the Stuarts. Analysing the Welsh experience of Stuart rule, it will set developments in Wales within the wider context of the gradual evolution of the ‘British’ state. It will thus fill a current gap in the Welsh History teaching in the department and extend further the options for students wishing to study both the history of Wales and early modern Britain.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
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.
Subject Specific Skills
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 N evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 6