Module Identifier WHM1130  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Eryn M White  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite HYM0130 , HYM1030  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours Seminar. (6 x 2 hours)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 4,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 4,000 words  50%

Brief description

Students will be introduced to the source materials and interpretative methods used in the study of landownership in Wales in the period 1500 - 1800. Changes in the early modern period are examined, including the impact of the Acts of Union, of inflation, the failure of male lines and the consolidation of large estates


The Rise and ‘Decline’ of the Gentry
Landownership, Law and Inheritance
Practical sessions in NLW Manuscript Department
Landownership, Politics and Power
Estates and Social Relations
Rural Discontent


The MA as a whole provides advanced-level understanding of key topics in the History of Wales and training in the identification and interpretation of the relevant historical evidence. This particular module provides access to one of the central themes in the History of Wales.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Glanmor Williams, (1987) Renewal and Reformation: Wales c. 1415-1642
GH Jenkins (1987) The Foundations of Modern Wales
Philip Jenkins, (1992) A history of Modern Wales 1536-1900
Gareth Elwyn Jones (1984) Modern Wales: A Concise History c. 1485-1979
J Thirsk (ed) (1967) Agrarian History of England and Wales: IV 1500-1640
DW Howell, (1987) Patriarchs and Parasites: The Gentry in South West Wales in the Eighteenth Century
Melvin Humphreys, (1996) The Crisis of Community: Montgomeryshire 1680-1815 Cardiff
Philip Jenkins, (1983) The Making of the Ruling Class: The Glamorgan Gentre 1640-1790
GE Mingay, (1976) The Gentry: The Rise and Fall of a Ruling Class


This module is at CQFW Level 7