Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hour
Lecture 18 X 1 HOUR


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 X 2,500 WORD ESSAYS  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Assess critically the body of historical knowledge which discusses trends within the church and society in Britain and Europe during the period 1300-1600.
b) Comprehend and assess the different historical debates and analyses evident in related texts, ranging from the Middle Ages to recent scholarly works.
c) Read, analyse and assess a range of different types of historical evidence, including interdisciplinary evidence.
d) Comprehend the historical debates and problems regarding ecclesiastical and social during the period studied.
e) Discover and use original historical sources while appreciating their background, their age and their fragility.
f) Understand the importance of historical sites and appreciate their role as physical evidence.
g) Develop and lead historical debates.
h) Work independently and as part of a group and take an active part in group discussions and presentations.
i) Express understanding and discuss related issues through writing in an academic context.

Brief description

The three centuries which preceded and followed the Reformation in the sixteenth century represent a particularly exciting period of change and reform in the history of Britain and Europe. This module seeks to explain and discuss some of the events which lay at the heart of these changes within church and society during the late Middle Ages and the beginning of the early modern period. The religious background of western society will be considered, including issues of church hierarchy and the main religious orders as well as some of the popular movements collectively known as `heretical?. Further issues to be discussed in the wider social, religious and political context include the Reformation itself and its impact upon society in Britain and Europe, the Counterreformation, and the Renaissance, with special consideration of certain key figures (e.g. Henry VIII, Martin Luther and Erasmus) and their roles in the events of the period. Among the sources used during this study will be a range of different types of contemporary writings, as well a visit to one or more related historical site(s), in order to introduce a wide variety of evidence relating to this colourful period.

Reading List

Recommended Text
A.G. Dickens (1966) Reformation and Society in Sixteenth-Century Europe London Primo search Bernard Hamilton (1986) Religion in the Medieval West London Primo search C. Lindberg (1996) European Reformations Oxford Primo search C.H. Lawrence (1989) Medieval Monasticism 2nd London Primo search Denys Hay (1986) Europe in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries London Primo search E. Cameron (ed.) (1999) Early Modern Europe Oxford Primo search Eamon Duffy (1992) The Stripping of the Altars ? traditional religion in England 1400-1580 New Haven Primo search G.W. Searle (1974) The Counter Reformation London Primo search J.R. Hale (2000) Renaissance Europe 2nd Oxford Primo search M. Lambert (2002) Medieval Heresy 3rd Oxford Primo search R.N. Swanson (1995) Religion and Devotion in Europe, c.1215-c.1515 Cambridge Primo search R.W. Southern (1970) Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6