Anglo-French relations have been extensively studied in their diplomatic and military contexts. This will be covered but the the aim here is also to focus on the reception of influences from France on English culture in the 16th-17th centuries and vice-versa. An example of this would be the teaching and inculcation of the French language in the period as well as the influences of reading French literature in the original and in translation (from Rabelais to Montaigne) in England. A knowledge of French would be an advantage by not essential for anyone taking the module. Another significant aspect of the module will concentrate on the portrayal of France, firstly by travellers and secondly by systematic observers between the reign of Henry VIII and the later 17th century.
1. England and France in the Later Middle Ages: the Legacy of the Hundred Years War.
2. Two Rival Courts: Henry VIII and Francis I.
3. France and England at War, 1512-62
4. French cultural influence in England during the Renaissance: art, architecture and literature.
5. Visits to the Musée de la Renaissance at Ecouen, Musée Condé, Chantilly, Musée de l’histoire de Paris, Carnavalet and the château of Fontainebleau.
6. England and the Wars of Religion: military intervention.
7. England and the Wars of Religion: news, information and ideas
8. The English traveller in France, c.1590-1700.
9. France and the English Civil War.
10. England in French opinion during the 16th and 17th centuries.