The Hundred Years' War, c.1337-1453 - HIST6097

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay (3,000 words) – 17.5%
Source Analysis (2,500 words) – 17.5%
Seminar Presentation (10 mins) – 5%
Examination (2 hrs) – 60%

Reassessment methods:
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the Level 6 module, students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of 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 Apply detailed knowledge and a systematic understanding of a wide-ranging sample of the historiography related to the Hundred Years' war and its cultural significance
3 Critically evaluate different disciplinary approaches to the theme of war, diplomacy, and religion during the central Middle Ages, and make informed judgements based on their evaluation
4 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of multiple key themes explored by medieval historians in examining the relationship between documentary evidence and various methodological approaches to the source material
5 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of how different historical methodologies used by medieval historians translate into written histories, and accurately deploy these techniques to describe and comment upon current research
6 Critically evaluate the ways in which the Hundred Years' War is commemorated and portrayed in various media, and an ability to make judgements based on these concepts, in the classroom and beyond
7 Critically 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 Level 6 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. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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