The Rise of Chivalry: War and Chivalric Culture in Britain and France, c1000 - c1300 HIST4189

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the nature and development of the chivalric culture of the aristocracy in France and Britain. It explores the extent to which warfare was governed by conventions relating to the taking of prisoners, siege and the treatment of non combatants, and traces the growth of key chivalric institutions such as knighthood, the ceremony of dubbing and the tournament.


Lectures on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-11. Seminars will be arranged to suit students

Requirements of Entry

The standard requirements for entry into Honours History.

Excluded Courses



No co-requisites required.


70% for 1 two hour exam (2 questions)

20% for 1 essay of c. 2000 words

10% for seminar work, divided as follows: 6% for the presentation of the seminar paper submitted and 4% for overall seminar contribution.

Main Assessment In: April/May