The Hundred Years' War, c. 1337-1453 - HIST5890

Looking for a different module?

Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 30 (15) Barbara Bombi checkmark-circle


This module will address the causes, developments and legacy of the longest war in the Middle Ages, known as Hundred Years' War between England and France (1337-1453). The first two sessions will set up the context for the outbreak of the war, looking at the establishment of the Angevin Empire in northern France from the mid-twelfth century and the origins of the Hundred Years' War, the causes of which have been debated at length by historians. Following the chronological development of the war in its four phases, the module will look at the European dimension of the war, which developed due to international alliances and attempts at pacifying the parties, mostly undertaken under the supervision of the papacy and the Empire. Alongside the political perspective, the module will pay attention to the defensive structures and military strategies employed during the war as well as the cultural milieu within which the war was fought that ultimately led to the growth of lay chivalric values.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Total private study hours: 270
Total module study hours: 300


Autumn or Spring

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay (3,000 words) – 40%
Source Analysis (2,500 words) – 40%
Seminar Presentation (10 mins) – 20%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Critically evaluate a variety of historical sources, including visual evidence (e.g., castles, churches) and documentary sources (e.g., narrative sources and documents), and to evaluate their relative strengths and limitations, and to interpret these sources verbally and in writing.
2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the development of the Anglo-French conflict in northern France between the mid-twelfth and mid-fifteenth centuries and an understanding of political, social and cultural change within the context of the Late Medieval Europe.
3 Demonstrate a critical awareness of different disciplinary approaches to the theme of war, diplomacy and religion during the central Middle Ages.
4 Understand key themes explored by medieval historians in examining the relationship between documentary evidence and various methodological approaches to the source material.
5 Understand how the historical methodologies used by medieval historians translate into written histories and historiographies.
6 Show critical perspective regarding the way the Hundred Years' War and related historical events in Late Medieval Europe are commemorated today, and to apply these concepts in the classroom and beyond.
7 Evaluate and make use of a range of written and visual sources for understanding the impact of the Hundred Years' war across the political, social, and cultural history of Late Medieval Europe.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Accurately deploy established methods of historical analysis and enquiry to construct robust historical arguments drawing intelligently on primary and secondary sources, and to present these arguments effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.
2 Demonstrate skills of conceptualisation, reflexivity, critical thought and epistemological awareness.
3 Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of the past and particular aspects of the historiography and methodology.
4 Demonstrate the acquisition of an independent learning style when engaging with the course content, for example in the preparation and presentation of course work, in carrying out independent research, in compiling bibliographies and other lists of research materials, by showing the ability to reflect on their own learning and by mediating complex arguments in both oral and written form.
5 Analyse, discuss, deconstruct and demonstrate cogent understanding of central texts and, subsequently, assemble and present arguments based on this analysis; by virtue of this process, students will also gain an appreciation of the uncertainty and ambiguity which surrounds the core themes of this.
6 Approach problem solving creatively, and form critical and evaluative judgments about the appropriateness of these approaches.
7 Present the outcomes of the research and learning in a form appreciable by both specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of settings and contexts.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
Back to top

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.