Chivalric Society

Course code HIST3630
Not available in 2015

Description

Covers the transformation of northern European society from what has been seen as a "chivalric" to a "courtly" mode in the course of the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. It will provide a broad introduction to the secular history of later medieval society. Topics to be investigated include the rise of the dynasties which emerged in the campaigns of the Hundred Years War and the aristocratic lifestyle of warfare, hunting, tournaments, chivalry, castles and conspicuous consumption enjoyed by the combatants.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. be familiar with methodologies appropriate to the study of later medieval history;

2. appreciate the range of influences which impact on later medieval society;

3. develop advanced research, writing and information literacy skills relevant to medieval history, building on the foundation laid in first-year courses.

Content

Topics to be covered in this course include: the life and times of Jean Froissart, the historian of chivalry; feudalism and the feudal warrior; origins of the Hundred Years War; queens, queenship and women of the court; courtly love and the Chivalric Romance; castles and military technology; gothic architecture; tournaments and the Knight; the rise and fall of Richard II and the Plantagenets; Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: One to three written assignments

Formal Examination: Formal exam

Participation: Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2