New: Rebels, Parliament And Girl Power In The Thirteenth Century

A changing society due to a rising population, urbanisation and trade affected relations between European monarchs and their barony. Four Provencal women helped shape international diplomacy. Lurking in the background were the Mongols who threatened Europes very existence.

Who is this course for

No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential. A detailed bibliography will be distributed during the first session but if you wish to purchase a book for background reading, I would recommend J. H. Mundy Europe in the High Middle Ages 1150-1309 (2nd edn).

What does this course cover

Sandwiched between the so-called Twelfth Century Renaissance and The Calamitous fourteenth Century, the period 1200-1300 is often glossed over by historians. And yet, the thirteenth century saw major struggles between monarchy and powerful elites seeking to have a say in government. During the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) we first gain a real insight into international diplomacy. Four Provencal sisters were major players in European politics. The period also saw the rise of the mendicant orders - the Dominican and Franciscan friars who shunned the wealth of the church and lived off charity. As monarchs attempted to centralise control over their lands, the period 1200-1300 allow us as never before to explore court records and coroner rolls for evidence of the lives of people from the highest to the lowest strata of society.

By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Describe the usefulness of 3 primary sources from the thirteenth century
- Define what is meant by 'the mendicant orders'.
- Identify the cause and consequences of the Civil War of Simon de Montfort
- Discuss the impact of Margaret, Eleanor, Sanchia and Beatrice on European politics
- Explain why Edward I succeeded in Wales but failed in Scotland

What will it be like

Each week there will be an informative talk using PowerPoint and group discussion of contemporary sources in translation. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. Occasionally homework reading will be provided. Although this is not an accredited course leading to a formal qualification, you will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment form in which you can monitor your progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

There are no additional costs but you are advised to bring note-taking materials

What this course could lead to

You might consider enrolling on other history courses run by the Centre.

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