|Assessment length / details
|1,000 word essay 1000 Words
|4,000 word project 4,000 word project
|4,000 word project 4000 word project
|1,000 word essay 1000 word essay
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of how medieval historical writings have been used by historians and an awareness of the challenges of working with these sources.
Demonstrate an understanding of contrasting historiographcial perspectives on these works.
Analyze and reflect critically on the relationship between the intentions of those who participated in creating these sources and their historical value.
Construct cogent historical arguments relating to medieval chronicles.
What was history? That is, when people started writing chronicles, how did they decide to write it? What types of history were there? Also, just why was it assumed to be a mark of civilisation? What was special about it?
What were the challenges of writing history? Most importantly perhaps, how did one get reliable information? How could truth be ascertained?
And what did this mean in practice? That question will be explored in relation to a series of case studies of a type of writing history that proved popular well into the nineteenth century.
By the end of the module you will have an understanding of the major chronicle sources from high medieval Europe, their reasons for being written and their relationships to each other. You will also be able to consult the editions of these sources with confidence and therefore study them in greater depth.
This module will provide an additional choice as part of the range of skills, sources and methods modules available to second year students, which will be of particular interest to students studying for the single honours in Medieval and Early Modern History. It will give students an opportunity to consider how and why medieval chronicles and texts were produced and how they may be used as a source by historians.
1. Introduction: understanding medieval chronicles
2. Thinking about history
3. The quest for origins
4. Ekkehard IV of St Gall
5. Instruction and edification
6. Status and learning
7. The Book of Settlement
8. Problems of writing history
9. In search of lost chronicles
10. Geoffrey of Monmouth
|Application of Number
|Oral and written communication skills will be developed through seminars and feedback on written work. These skills will be assessed through assignments.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Written work will be returned in tutorials where advice will be given regarding the improvement of research and techniques and essay writing skills
|Through the retrieval of primary and secondary works from online resources and AberLearn Blackboard and through the writing, formatting and printing of essays.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|This module will develop oral and written skills. It will also prepare students for careers which involve the research, critical analysis and presentation of material relevant to a particular problem or set of problems
|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 be required to carry out research for seminars and written work.
|Subject Specific Skills
|This module will develop a knowledge of how to use particular types of medieval texts and how they have been utilised by historians.
|Through seminar activities, including seminar leading with another student.
This module is at CQFW Level 5