The Normans HIST5099

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Rather than concentrating primarily on the Norman conquest of England, this course takes a comparative approach to the dynamics of Norman expansion in a broader European context. This course seeks to explore not only mechanisms of conquest and political hegemony but also the cultural and social impact of Norman penetration. It examines the nature and development of the Norman duchy from its origins in the early tenth century, through the period of Norman military involvement in Britain, Apulia, Calabria, Spain and the Levant, up to the mid twelfth century, by which time the two great 'empires' of the Anglo-Norman regnum and the kingdom of Sicily had reached, if not indeed passed, their zenith. How far is the concept of 'empire' valid in relation to these principalities, and to what extent were they political or cultural entities?


10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses





1 x 4,000 word essay (70%)

Oral presentation + 2,000 word seminar paper (20%)

Seminar contribution (10%)

Main Assessment In: April/May