Module Identifier HY12520  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Bjorn K U Weiler  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours Seminar.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 x 2,500 word essays  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Identify and explain the key historiographical debates concerning the place of England within twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe.
b) Demonstrate their knowledge of basic structural developments in England and Europe during the High Middle Ages.
c) Reflect critically on their own conceptions of the past, as well as the self-representation of past societies.
d) Analyse and evaluate a range of primary sources related to political, religious and `constitutional developments? in England and mainland Europe during the period 1180-1280.
e) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
f) Develop and sustain historical arguments ? in both oral (not assessed) and written work
g) Work both independently and collaboratively whilst being able to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

This module offers an introduction to the basic structures, developments, personalities and events which formed and conditioned European society during the High Middle Ages. Amon the issues discussed will be the question of national identity in England, Scotland and Wales during this period, the place of England within the broader cultural, political and social commonwealth which constituted medieval Europe, and the new structures and institutions, such as the Friars or the crusdades, which strengthened, symbolised, but also undermined this common outlook.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
N Davies (1999) The Isles
MT Clanchy (1998) England and its Rulers
Woodbridge (1983) Thirteenth-Centure England
SD Church (1998) King John: New Interpretations
FM Powicke (1947) Henry III and the Lord Edward
DA Carpenter (1995) The Reign of Henry III
M Aurell (ed.) (2000) La Cour Plantagene (1154-1204); Noblesses de l'espace Plantagene (1154-1204)


This module is at CQFW Level 4