Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales 1250-1800
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   (1 x 1.5 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word supplementary (resit) essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   1 x 1.5 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Have a firm grounding in the field of medieval and early modern Welsh history.

Reflect upon and critically analyze relevant primary sources.

Show awareness, including in written form, of the main historiographical debates in medieval and early modern Welsh history.

Collect, collate and analyze historical evidence and produce both written and (where relevant) oral arguments.


This module will add to the range of option modules available to first year students in the Department. In particular it will introduce students to vital themes in the late medieval and early modern history of Wales.

Brief description

This study of medieval and early modern Wales is intended to provide an introduction to some of the key themes in the history of Wales before the advent of large-scale industrialization. It will attempt to identify the main developments in the country's history from the period of native princely power in the thirteenth century to the early growth of political radicalism in the late eighteenth century. Attention will be paid throughout to the responses of the people of Wales to the changes in authority and government.


1. Introduction to Wales and the Welsh
2. Medieval Wales: a country divided?
3. The Principality of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
4. The Conquest of 1282
5. The Conquest of 1282: the aftermath
6. Challenging the conquest: Owain Glyndŵr
7. Searching for the ‘Son of Prophecy’
8. The Tudors and the Union of Wales and England
9. Identity after the Union: Renaissance and the survival of the language
10. Identity after the Union: the Protestant Reformation
11. Clinging to the past?: Popular beliefs and customs
12. New identities?: the growth of religious dissent
13. Old identities?: Wales, the monarchy and the seventeenth-century revolution
14. Old identities? : the restoration of authority
15. The foundations of modern Wales: literacy and education
16. The foundations of modern Wales: the Methodist/Evangelical Revival
17. The foundations of modern Wales: the cultural revival
18. The invention of identity?

Seminar 1. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Seminar 2. Owain Glyndŵr
Seminar 3. Union with England?
Seminar 4. Religious Reformation and Revival
Seminar 5. Cultural Revival and Welsh identity in the eighteenth century

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
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 Students will develop knowledge of sources and historical literature relating to the history of Wales in the late medieval and early modern periods.
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 evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 4