|| WH32130 |
|| CONFLICT & COEXISTENCE: FROM THE NORMANS TO OWAIN GLYN DWR |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Miss Karen Stober |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
|| N/A |
|Next semester offered
|| N/A |
|| HC32130 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 18 Hours 18 x 1 hour |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 9 Hours 9 x 1 hour |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours 3 HOUR CLOSED EXAM ||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 X 2,500 WORD ESSAY, 1 X 4,OOO WORD ESSAY ||40%|
|Supplementary Exam|| CLOSED THREE-HOUR, THREE QUESTION EXAMINATION ||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| ANY MISSING WRITTEN WORK ||40%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to
Assess critically the body of historical knowledge which discusses medieval Wales in its wider social and political contexts.
Comprehend and assess the different historical debates and analyses evident in related texts, ranging from the Middle Ages to recent scholarly works.
Read, analyse and assess a range of different types of historical evidence, including literary evidence.
Comprehend the historical debates and problems regarding the impact of Anglo-Norman settlement on medieval Welsh society.
Develop and lead historical debates.
Work independently and as part of a group and take an active part in group discussions.
Express understanding and discuss related issues through writing in an academic context.
Understand the importance of historical sites and appreciate their role as physical evidence.
The now ruined Welsh castles of Edward I are a powerful reminder of an age of conquest and power struggle, which lasted for centuries. Beginning with the Norman Conquest of England and the arrival of Norman settlers in Wales in the eleventh century, discussing the rise and fall of the native princes and ending with Owain Glyn Dŵr’s revolt in the fifteenth century, this module aims to introduce this period of conflict and coexistence which shaped and re-shaped medieval Wales and its people. Questions of national identity will be addressed in the light of the transformation of medieval Wales during the centuries of unrest and settlement, and these issues will be further illustrated with examples from medieval Welsh prose and poetry (in translation). By assessing the interaction of Welsh society through politics, trade and war, the situation of medieval Wales will be set into the wider European context.
This module is intended to provide an introduction to the history of medieval Wales and its struggle for independence during the centuries between the Norman Conquest and the Revolt of Owain Glyn Dŵr. It will thus fill the current gap in medieval Welsh History teaching in the department and extend further the options for students wishing to study the history of Wales.
1. Introduction: assessing the evidence – medieval sources
2. Wales before the Normans
3. Norman settlement in Wales – society and economy
4. Norman settlement in Wales – church and religion
5. Norman settlement in Wales – the making of the march
6. The Welsh Princes (i)
7. The Welsh Princes (ii)
8. The Welsh Princes (iii)
9. The Edwardian Conquest (i)
10. The Edwardian Conquest (ii)
11. The Edwardian Conquest (iii)
12. The Welsh Cistercians
13. The literary tradition (i)
14. The literary tradition (ii)
15. Owain Glyn Dŵr – Wales in the late fourteenth century
16. Owain Glyn Dŵr – the revolt
17. Owain Glyn Dŵr – the aftermath
** Recommended Text
A.D. Carr (1995) Medieval Wales
John Davies (1994) A History of Wales
R.R. Davies (1986) The Age of Conquest: Wales 1063-1415
R.R. Davies (1997) The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dŵr
A.O.H. Jarman and G.R. Hughes (eds.) (1997) A Guide to Welsh Literature, 1282-c.1550
Turvey, R (2002) Welsh Princes: the native rulers of Wales, 1063-1283
Walker, D (1990) Medieval Wales
Williams, I.M. (ed.) (2002) Cronica Walliae
This module is at CQFW Level 6