Chivalric Society

Course code HIST3630Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will: have an understanding of chivalry and the chivalric ethos as a component of later medieval European society; be familiar with methodologies appropriate to the study of later medieval history; appreciate the range of influences which impact on later medieval society; and develop advanced research, writing and information literacy skills relevant to medieval history, building on the foundation laid in first-year courses.
ContentTopics 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.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises as specified in the course guide, totaling 5,000 - 7,000 words, 60%.
Examination: FormalFormal exam 30%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 10%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term