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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2117 Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-1135

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Professor Julia Barrow

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will trace political, cultural and social developments in England between the first millennium and the end of Henry I's reign, an era which saw a Danish and then a Norman conquest of England and the consolidation of Norman power.This module relates to the following Discovery Themes:Power and ConflictEthics, Religion and Law


The objectives of the module are:
(1) To encourage students to reflect on change and continuity in England across a period of two conquests.
(2) To encourage students to reflect on motives and audiences for historical writings, and also about modern historical debates.
(3) To allow students to consider the contributions that can be made by different historical approaches (e.g. prosopography) and by other disciplines (e.g. art history and archaeology) to knowledge of this period.
(4) To allow students to reflect on longer-term political, cultural and social developments set in train by events in the eleventh century.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
(1) Knowledge of political events and institutions in England in the eleventh and early twelfth centuries, especially the effects of conquest, the roles of the king, queen and aristocracy, communication between court and locality and the shire system.
(2) Knowledge of cultural and religious developments in England and their relationship to developments across Europe more widely.
(3) Awareness of historical debates about change and continuity in the eleventh and early twelfth century, about ethnicity and identity of English, Normans and Scandinavians in the eleventh century, and about the extent of cultural influences across this period.
(4) Awareness of the range of source material for this period, especially contemporary historical writings, but administrative sources such as Domesday Book.

Skills outcomes
Critical awareness; organisation of time, thought and argument; powers of articulation in oral presentation, coursework and exam essays; ability to research and prepare coursework and class presentations; ability to distinguish between the approaches taken to the middle ages by different scholarly disciplines; ability to analyse motives and agendas of medieval authors.


The tenth century (background); law and war under Aethelred the Unready; Cnut and the Danes; the English church, 1000-1066; court and magnates under Edward the Confessor; the three battles of 1066; the Norman establishment; Domesday Book and society; Lanfranc; Henry I; rediscovering the past.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading to prepare for seminars and for presentations; self-directed reading around the topic; researching, preparing and writing assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress can to some extent be monitored in seminars, especially individual presentations but also general contributions to class; in addition, students will be encouraged to seek advice about reading for and planning their essays.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay due by noon Monday of Exam Week 160.00
Assignment2,000 word historiographical debate exercise due by Noon Monday of Teaching Week 740.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:06


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