The Norman Conquest of England: Origins and Aftermath (HIH1029)
|Staff||Dr Jennifer Farrell - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the political, social and cultural developments which resulted from the Norman Conquest of England. It also aims to introduce you to the way historians have approached these events and to consider the ways in which the primary source material has shaped our understanding of them. It will do this through a three-fold examination of the conquest and its aftermath. The first part of the module will examine the origins and justifications of the Norman claim to the English throne. The second will examine the processes by which the new Anglo-Norman monarchy sought to legitimize and sustain its victory at Hastings. The third will examine the impact their arrival had on English politics, culture and society in the next century. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Exeter Cathedral Archives and to handle the Exon Domesday and other original primary sources related to our topic.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Assess the nature and extent of political, social and cultural development in England between the late eleventh and late twelfth centuries.
- 2. Analyse the arguments, both political and religious, that were used by the Normans to justify the Conquest and their subsequent role as kings.
- 3. Develop a critical appreciation of modern historical studies of this period in English history.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. utility, limitations, challenges etc. and compare the validity of different types of sources, written and material.
- 5. Answer a question concisely, with adequate supporting evidence and clarity of argument.
- 6. Present work orally, respond to questions orally, and think quickly of questions to ask other students.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Conduct independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 9. Work with others in a team and to interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group.
- 10. Write to a very tight word-length.
The seminars will cover the following subjects:
Part 1: Introduction; English and Norman Identity before the Conquest; Rival Claims to the Throne; 1066 and the Battle of Hastings
Part 2: Domesday and Land Holding in England; Norman Castles; Visit to the Exeter Cathedral Archives
Part 3: Kingship and Succession; the Law; the Church; Learning and Literature.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||2 hour lecture: Introduction to module|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||10 x 2 hour seminars. At a meeting of the whole class generally a different group of 3-4 students will give a presentation to the whole class, followed by class discussion and working through the sources for that week carefully. Additional sources may be issued in the class and the lecturer will also use the time to set up issues for the following week|
|Guided independent study||128||Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing five source commentaries and an essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation (3-4 students)||10-15 minutes||1-4, 6-7, 9||Oral|
|Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||60||2000 words (500 per commentary)||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
|Essay on Sources||40||1500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|4 highest marks of portfolio of 5 source commentaries||4 highest marks of portfolio of 5 source commentaries||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period.|
|1500-word essay||1500-word essay||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period.|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Robert Bartlett, England under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 (Oxford, 2000).
Marjorie Chibnall, The Debate on the Norman Conquest (Manchester, 1999).
Susan Johns, Noblewomen, Aristocracy and Power in the Twelfth-Century Anglo-Norman Realm (Manchester, 2003).
John Gillingham, The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values (Woodbridge, 2008).
Nancy Partner, Serious Entertainments: The Writing of History in Twelfth-Century England (Chicago, 1977).
Peter Damian-Grint, The New Historians of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Rochester, 1999).
Elizabeth Psalter, English and International: Studies in the literature, art and patronage of medieval England (Cambridge, 1988).
Eric Fernie, The Architecture of Norman England (Oxford, 2000).
Oliver Creighton, Castles and Landscapes: Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England (London, 2005).
T. F. X. Noble and J. Van Engen (eds.), European Transformations: The Long Twelfth Century (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2012).
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Internet Medieval Sourcebook: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.asp
The Domesday Book Online: http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/
Britain, 1066-1485: http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Britain_1066-1485
Norman Art and Architecture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/normans/
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Key words search
Medieval England, Norman Conquest, Anglo-Normans, twelfth-century renaissance.