|Delivery length / details
|20 x 1 Hour Lectures
|4 x 2 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay
|Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay
|Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay
|Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Engage with and utilize a variety of primary and secondary sources related to medieval London
2. Demonstrate a detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of the political and economic development of medieval London
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key aspects of the social and religious history of medieval London
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of one of Europe’s major cities, and combines urban, economic, social, political and religious history, as well as giving students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with a range of documentary and non-documentary sources.
The seminars will focus on different aspects of medieval London, with discussion based on primary sources (usually texts, although sometimes visual / material) which will be highlighted and some extracts provided in advance.
1) Introduction to the module and types of sources
2) The shape of the City: the location, topography and growth of medieval London
3) From conquest to Conquest: the development of London from c.50AD - 1066
4) Norman London
5) Almost independent: London from Henry II to Henry III
6) Governing London I: development
7) Governing London II: triumph and crisis
8) Keeping the streets clean(ish): the practicalities of governing London
9) City and Crown in the later Middle Ages
10) Faith and the City I: religious houses and St Paul’s Cathedral
11) Faith and the City II: parishes and religious guilds
12) The people of the City: Londoners great and small
13) The foreign and alien population
14) Organising wealth: mercantile and artisan guilds
15) The wealth of nations: London as an international centre of trade
16) The ideal city? London in medieval literature, political discourse and popular culture
17) The shadow city: how medieval London has shaped the modern capital
18) Reflections and conclusions
1) Going underground: the archaeology of medieval London
2) The unruly city: crime and disorder in medieval London
3) From wharf to world: the cosmopolitan City
4) Church and City: case-studies
|Application of Number
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 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 6