Marriage, Sex and Death: The Family, 400-1000

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 21963

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Module description

This module will look at the evolution of family structures from the end of the Roman Empire through the early middle ages. It will look at what makes up a family/household; the roles of parents, children and other significant players; gender aspects. To do this a wide range of source material will be consulted - from law codes, histories, biographies, hagiographies and personal letters to visual imagery and archaeology. The module will also look in depth at the historiography of the subject and the various methodological approaches that have been used by historians of the family in different periods.