Module Identifier HY12520  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Bjorn K U Weiler  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture    
  Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 2 HOUR, 2 QUESTION EXAMINATION  70%
Semester Assessment 1 X 2,500 WORD ESSAY  30%

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
Bartlett, Robert (2000) England under the Norman and Angevin Kings Oxford : Clarendon Press 0198227418
Clanchy, M.T. (1998) England and Its Rulers Oxford; Malden, Mass : Blackwell 0631205578
DA Carpenter (1995) The Reign of Henry III
FM Powicke (1947) Henry III and the Lord Edward
Huscroft, Richard (2004) Ruling England Pearson
M Aurell (ed.) (2000) La Cour Plantagene (1154-1204); Noblesses de l'espace Plantagene (1154-1204)
MT Clanchy (1998) England and its Rulers
N Davies (1999) The Isles
SD Church (1998) King John: New Interpretations
Woodbridge (1983) Thirteenth-Centure England


This module is at CQFW Level 4