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

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.


10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





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

1 essay of 3,000 words

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

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.