Module Identifier WH33130  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Eryn M White  
Semester Semester 1  
Mutually Exclusive HC33130  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words)  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of society, religion and authority in Wales in the sixteenth century.
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of the major developments in Welsh history in this period, including the centralisation of authority and the religous changes subsequent to the split from Rome.
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular the actual text of the Acts of Union, the Protestant proganda produced during the period and the historical discussion on the reception of Protestantism in Wales.
f) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
g) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
h) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

The aim of this module is to investigate the effects on Wales of some of the significant developments of this period. Certain topics will be studied in some depth, including the controversial question of the 'union' between Wales and England and the nature and significance of the relationship between the Tudor monarchs and their Welsh subjects. The nature of the influence of the Renaissance in Wales will also be examined, particularly the consequences for the Welsh language. The reaction to the Protestant Reformation and the extent to which this new and alien faith succeeded in displacing superstition and magic amongst the majority of the population will also be assessed.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Glanmor Williams (1993) Renewal and Reformation: Wales c.1415-1642 Oxford
J. Gwynfor Jones (1994) Early Modern Wales, c.1525-1640


This module is at CQFW Level 6