Medieval France: One Nation, One Power?
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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It is easy to believe that France was always one of medieval Europe’s great powers; wealthy, strong, stable, well-organised and highly cultured. But was that really the case? This course will answer that question by striding across the French Middle Ages and examining the means by which a fragmented group of semi-independent dukedoms and counties gradually became subject to a powerful and centralised monarchy. Beginning with Charlemagne in the eighth century and ending with Charles VIII in the fifteenth, we will investigate the efforts made by the kings of France as they sought to consolidate and extend their influence over the rest of what we now know as France. Yet this was not just a political process. Throughout the period, French-speaking writers and artists were leaders in their fields and produced works of lasting significance. The rise of France, from petty kingdom to continental superpower, depended on the creation and imposition of a shared culture and identity, as well as on the growing power of the French monarchy.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in medieval history and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 500-word source analysis and a 1000-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- J. Bradbury, The Capetian: kings of France, 987-1328 (London, 2007)
- G. Duby, France in the Middle Ages 987-1460: From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc (London, 1991)
- K.Fowler. The Age of Plantagenet and Valois: The Struggle For Supremacy 1328-1498 (London, 1967)
- E.M Hallam and J Everard. Capetian France, 987-1328 (Harlow, 2001)
- E. James, The origins of France: from Clovis to the Capetians, 500-1000 (London, 1982)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
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