Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials
Lecture 10 lectures x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,000 word Essay  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • understand the principle administrative developments from medieval times to the 17th century;
  • grasp the range and nature of records produced;
  • study examples of such records, know which have generally survived, and where they can be found;
  • critically appraise the evidential use of such documentary sources as part of historical scholarship and for other purposes

Brief description

Within a survey approach, and concentraning on post-Conquest developments, this module considers the administrative structures of government and other organisations that generated substantial ranges and series of records from medieval times to the seventeenth century, and demonstrates the continuing history of offices and institutions which originate in the middle ages and evolve through modern times. It therefore provides a framework of knowledge for the Sudy of Records, and Palaeography and Diplomatic modules.

Reading List

Recommended Consultation
Bond, M. F (1971) Guide to the Records of Parliament HMSO Primo search Chrimes, S. B (1959) An Introduction to the Admin. Hist. of Medieval England Oxford Primo search Clanchy, M. T (1992) From Memory to Written Record 2nd Blackwell Primo search Elton, G. R (1969) The Sources of History: England 1200-1640 Cambridge Primo search Galbraith, V. H (1934) An Introduction to the Use of the Public Records Oxford Primo search Grant, R (1991) The Royal Forests of England Stroud Primo search Hallam, E. and Prescott, A. (ed.) (1999) The British Inheritance: a Treasury of Historic Documents BL Primo search Harding, A (1973) The Law Courts of Medieval England London Primo search Lawes, A (1998) The Strongbox of the Empire PRO Primo search Owen, D. M (1970) The Records of the Established Church in England BRA Primo search Riden, Ph (1987) Record Sources for Local History Batsford Primo search Rowlands, J. and Rowlands, S (1998) Welsh Family History: a guide to research Birmingham Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7