Monarchy and Aristocracy in England 1460-1640 - HI346

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5) DR LS James







This module considers the relationship between the English crown and aristocracy from the mid-fifteenth- to the mid-seventeenth centuries. During this turbulent period, England experienced considerable unrest as a result of the often vexed nature of monarcho-aristocratic relations – the Wars of the Roses, the mid-Tudor rebellions and civil war in the 1640s being the most obvious instances of tension and conflict – but there were also decades of relative calm and stability.
The module will, therefore, consider not only the clashes between 'over mighty subjects' and 'under mighty kings', but will also explore art, culture, architecture and religion, as symbols of both royal and noble power, authority and influence.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Ten 1-hour lectures and ten 1-hour seminars taking place over the twelve-week term. The remaining two weeks of the term are reserved for essay feedback and a reading/writing week.

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 50% coursework, 50% examination.

The coursework component will be assessed by:

- Two 1,500 word essays
- Participation in seminars

The examination will be sat in the Summer, and will take the form of a two-hour written examination on questions covering the topics of the module.

Indicative reading

J. M. W. Bean, The Decline of English Feudalism
S. B. Chrimes, Fifteenth Century England
J. R. Lander, Crown and Nobility, 1450-1509
J. R. Lander, Conflict and Stability in the Later Middle Ages
K. Mertes„ Aristocracy? in R. Horrox ed. Fifteenth-Century Attitudes
K. Mertes, The English Noble Household, 1200-1600
C. Ross, Patronage, Pedigree and Power in Later Medieval England
A. J. Pollard, ed., Property and Politics: Essays in Later Medieval English History
J. T. Rosenthal, Nobles and Noble Life, 1295-1500
J. L. Watts, The End of the Middle Ages?

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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