Chivalry And Warfare In Late Medieval Europe, C.1300 To C1500 HIST5003
- Academic Session: 2015-16
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
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.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level.
1 seminar presentation, to be accompanied by a 1,250 word seminar paper
1 essay of 3,000 words
Main Assessment In: April/May
Are reassessment opportunities normally available? No
Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.
This course aims to:
■ expose the student to different notions of warfare in late Medieval Europe
■ provide skills and knowledge that would prepare the student for further graduate work of an advanced kind.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course, students will eb able to:
■ demonstrate an understanding of the nature of later medieval chivalry and its relationship to the theory and practice of warfare;
■ identify and evaluate the differing constituents of chivalric and aristocratic culture in relation to war and society
■ demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in the use of sources from different disciplines in seminar discussions and written work.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.