Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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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
Seminars / Tutorials 2 x 2 hours dates to be arranged
Lecture 18 x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x 2,500 word essays  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be:
a) Familiar with a body of historical knowledge in the field of medieval religious and ecclesiastical history.
b) Familiar with comparative perspectives on the history of the Church, piety and religion across the High Middle Ages.
c) Able to read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts
d) Able to gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Able to work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed)

Brief description

This survey module will offer students an overview of the development of the Christian church and the Christian faith in western Europe from the end of the eighth century to the beginning of the thirteenth century. The survey will be taught through lectures and two seminars. Students will be provided with a full bibliography and encouraged to develop particular research interests through essay assignments. It is a primary aim of the module to provide students with a clear sense of the major developments in the growth of Christianity in the west during the early and high middle ages. Furthermore, the module will introduce students to an important canon of historical literature as well as enhancing their awareness of a range of primary material, including saints? lives, chronicles, charters, and the pronouncements of the church. Finally, the seminars, of which there are two, will explore the developments outlined in the lecture series through closer examination of two important features of medieval Christianity: sainthood and lay piety.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Fletcher, R. A. (1997.) The conversion of Europe :from paganism to Christianity, 371-1386 AD. HarperCollins Primo search Hamilton, Bernard (2003.) Religion in the medieval West /Bernard Hamilton. 2nd ed. Arnold Primo search Southern, R. W. (1970 (various p) Western society and the church in the Middle Ages /[by] R.W. Southern. Penguin Primo search
Recommended Text
A. Vauchez (1997) Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages Cambridge Primo search Colin Morris (1989) The Papal Monarchy. The Western Church from 1050 to 1250 Oxford Primo search J. Herrin (1987) The Formation of Christendom Princeton Primo search J.H.Mundy (1973) Europe in the High Middle Ages 1150-1309 London Primo search P. Brown (1987) The Rise of Western Christendom Oxford Primo search R.Bartlett (1994) The Making of Europe. Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950-1350 London Primo search R.N.Swanson (1995) Religion and Devotion in Europe c.1215-c.1515 Cambridge Primo search R.W. Southern (1997) Scholastic Humanism and the Unification of Europe Oxford Primo search W.Ullmann (1972) A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages London Primo search W.Ullmann (1955) The Growth of Papal Government in the Middle Ages London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6