Chivalry And Warfare In Late Medieval Europe, C.1300 To C1500 HIST5003

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to explore the nature of chivalry in aristocratic culture and in particular in relation to the conduct of warfare in theory and in practice. The course will examine key aspects of the debate surrounding the idea that, by the fifteenth century, concepts of chivalry had become ossified and anachronistic. It shall explore the role played by the 'law of arms' in later medieval chivalry, and examine the operation of conventions of ransom and the profits of war which were a key incentive in the prosecution of war. The ambiguous relationship between notions of chivalry and the impact of war on the population at large will also be examined.

Timetable

10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

None.

Co-requisites

None.

Assessment

1 seminar presentation, to be accompanied by a 1,250 word seminar paper

1 essay of 3,000 words

Main Assessment In: April/May