Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


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