Introduction to Medieval History c.500 - c.1050

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 21976

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

This module aims to introduce students to a broad coverage of early medieval history, including social, economic, military, political, intellectual, religious and cultural history. The course will cover the period from around 500, in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the western Roman Empire, through to c.1100, at the core of what has been labelled 'the first European revolution'. The focus will be primarily be on western continental Europe, Britain, and Ireland, with some exploration of a wider world where appropriate. Students will examine the developments of the period through lectures and directed reading, to gain awareness of key issues involved in the scholarly study of the period.