Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
England in Context in the Long Thirteenth Century
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 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:

On completion, students should be able to:
a) recognise, order and review a body of historical knowledge in the field of European society in the High Middle Ages
b) identify and use in interpretation comparative perspectives on the history of medieval Europe
c) compare and evaluate a range of approaches, political, social and cultural, to the structures and developments which defined Latin Europe in the period
d) gather and sift appropriate items of primary historical evidence
e) read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, including contemporary literary, philosophical and religious writings
f) develop and sustain historical arguments, orally and in writing
g) work both independently and collaboratively.


This module will use primary and secondary material from England and its continental neighbours in the period from c. 1180 to c. 1320 to explore some vital elements of the political, religious, social and economic environments of the period. Themes considered include the nature and form of political society (‘high’ and ‘low’ politics), the role of religion and systems of belief, the practice of trade and its consequences, the influence of topography and landscape, distinctions within regions and the shifts in self- and regional identities during the period. While focusing on one country and one century, this module is intended to introduce you to the much wider challenges and potential of medieval history at postgraduate level. Key themes include the identification, close examination and interpretation of a range of sources, consideration of historiographical trends, and a nuanced investigation of themes in medieval history.

Seminar topics:
Seminar 1: Introduction
Seminar 2: Mapping England in the Long Thirteenth century
Seminar 3: England and the British Isles in the long thirteenth century
Seminar 4: Magna Carta in Context
Seminar 5: The culture of politics and power in thirteenth-century England
Seminar 6: Oxford and Paris
Seminar 7: Travel and Mobility
Seminar 8: The Church, Religion and Society
Seminar 9: The Church, Religion and Society 2
Seminar 10: Conclusion

General Reading:

J. Alexander and P. Binski (eds.), Age of Chivalry (London, 1987)
D. Carpenter, The Struggle for Mastery (London, 2003)
M.T. Clanchy, England and its Rulers, 1066-1272 (Oxford, 2nd ed., 1998)
C. Dyer, Making a Living in the Middle Ages. The people of Britain, 850-1520 (New Haven & London, 2003)
B.F. Harvey (ed.), The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, 1066-c.1280 (Oxford, 2001)
M. Jones and M. Vale, (eds.), England and her Neighbours 1066-1453: essays in honour of Pierre Chaplais, (London, 1989)
D. Matthew, England and the Continent, 1100-1300 (London, 2004)
B. Weiler, Kingship, rebellion and Political Culture (London, 2007)
B. Weiler (ed.), England and Europe in the Reign of Henry III (Aldershot, 2002)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Through participation in the six seminars and formally-assessed individual presentation. (see also 8 below)
Improving own Learning and Performance Through the production of individually-written essays. Through the production of individually-written essays. Essays in draft are discussed individually with tutors, to provide formative feedback.
Information Technology Through word-processing (and image-handling where appropriate in the production of essays); catalogue and database searching for secondary and primary materials; membership of appropriate discussion groups and bulletin boards; email.
Personal Development and Career planning Research, discussion, and presentation skills are all explicitly linked to possible future uses by identifying their description in the relevant professional training literature.


This module is at CQFW Level 7