OverviewThis module is a survey of medieval Europe from c.1000 to c.1450. It includes elements of political, institutional, religious, social and cultural history.
The module is intended to provide students with a foundation that will allow them to make the most of other courses in European history, particularly those focusing on the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, by equipping them with a grounding in geography and chronology, as well as in a variety of approaches to the study of history.
Lectures will provide an overview of some of the period's defining features including the feudal system; kingship; the crusades, warfare and chivalry; popes (and anti-popes); monasticism and the coming of the friars; heresy; visual culture; women and the family; and towns and trade.
This module appears in:
One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week. There will be one writing week and one week devoted to individual essay return.
Method of assessment
This module will be assessed by 50% coursework, 50% examination.
The coursework component will include:
- A geography and chronology quiz
- A written primary source critique
- An essay exploring the themes of the module
The examination will be sat in the Summer term, and will take the form of a a two-hour examination on topics covered in the module.
BARTLETT, R. - 'The Making of Europe: conquest, colonization and cultural change, 950-1350', London, 1994
COOK W. & HERZMAN R. B - 'The medieval world view: an introduction', New York-Oxford, 2004
TIERNEY B. & PAINTER S. - ' Western Europe in the Middle Ages, 300-1475', Boston-London, 1999
BULL M. G. - 'Thinking medieval: an introduction to the study of the Middle Ages', Basingstoke, 2005
BARBER M., - 'The two cities: Medieval Europe, 1050-1320', London, 1992
SOUTHERN R. W. -' The making of the Middle Ages', London, 1993
The intended subject specific learning outcomes:
- Gain knowledge European history and geography between the Norman Conquest and c. 1450.
- Access a range of sources of information for this period and present the results to a critical audience and/or readership.
- Marshal an argument: summarise and defend a particular interpretation or analysis of historical events.
The intended generic learning outcomes:
- Knowledge and understanding of the complexities of human existence in past societies, and of unfamiliar structures, cultures and mentalities.
- The ability to read texts and other source materials, both critically and empathetically, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose.
- Critical thought and independence of mind: the ability to challenge received conclusions.
- Epistemological awareness: recognising and distinguishing between the different sources of historical knowledge.