Medievil England

Course Details

Course Number: 5103  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 202

Days & Times:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. James R. King   
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Course Expectations


C. Warren Hollister, Robert C. Stacey, and Robin Chapman Stacey, The Making of England to 1399 (Boston, 2001), Eighth Edition.

Course Outline and Reading Assignment:


Introduction (August 23)

Roman Britain and the English Settlement

(August 25-27)

Read: Hollister, et al., pp. 1-32.

Anglo-Saxon England (September 1-15)

The early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Heptarchy.

The conversion of the Anglo-Saxons.

The coming of the Northmen.

The Danish invasions and the house of Wessex.

The Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England.

Anglo-Saxon institutions.

Read: Hollister, et al., pp. 33-107.

J.R.H. Moorman, A History of the Church in England

(New York: Morehouse-Barlow, Co., 1959), Chapter 3, pp. 23-36

Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, ed. Leo Sherby-Price (New York: Dorset Press, 1989) 176-207.


Anglo-Norman England (September 17-27)

The Danish monarchy of the early 11th Century.

Edward the Confessor and the Norman Conquest.

Lanfranc and the restructuring of the Church in England.

The reigns of the later Anglo-Norman kings.

Read: Hollister, et al., pp. 108-178.







The Angevins (September 29 - October 8)

Henry II and the Angevin Succession.

The Becket Controversy.

The development of the royal court system and the Common Law.

The reigns of Richard I and John.

Magna Carta and the succession of Henry III.

Read: Hollister, et al., pp. 179-212.

English Historical Documents, vol. II, ed. David C. Douglas and George Greenaway (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1953)

Constitutions of Clarendon, pp. 718-741.

Assize of Clarendon and Assize of Northampton, pp. 407-413.

Charles Duggan, " From the Conquest to the Death of John," in The English Church and the Papacy in the Middle Ages, ed. C. H. Lawrence

( New York: Fordham University Press, 1965), pp. 65-115.


Mid-Term Examination (October 11)

The Thirteenth Century (October 13-22)

The reign of Henry III and the Barons' War.

Edward I and the era of Statute Making.

The early development of Parliament.

The Scottish Crisis.

Read: Hollister, et al., 213-300.

English Historical Documents, vol. III, ed. Henry Rothwell (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1975)

Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forests, (1225,)pp. 341-349.

The Statute of Mortmain (1279), 419-420.

George O. Sayles, The King’s Parliament in England (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1974), 70-93.

The Fourteenth Century (October 25 - November 5)

The reign of Edward II.

Edward III and the origins of the Hundred Years' War.

The Black Death and the Peasants' War.

The reign of Richard II.

Read: Hollister, et al., pp. 303-360.

Sources in English Constitutional History, ed. Carl Stephenson and Frederick G. Marcham (New York and London: Harper and Bros., 1937), read:

Statutes of Labourers,Provisors, Treasons, and Praemunire, pp. 225-228 and the Second Statute of Praemunire, pp. 246.



The Fifteenth Century (November 8 - December 3)

The Lancastrian monarchy.

The revival of the war in France.

The reign of Henry VI and the outbreak of the war of the Roses.

Edward IV and Richard III (the Yorkist monarchy).

Henry Tudor and the Tudor seizure of power.

Read: A.L. Brown, The Governance of England, 1272-1461 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989), pp. 5-29; and 156-206.

George Holmes, The Later Middle Ages, 1272-1485 (Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1962), pp. 210-226.

Final Examination (December 8 [10:30-12:30)


Graduate students will submit a short summary and analysis of each of the readings above other than the text (1-2 pages). In addition they must submit a research paper which carefully examines the issues involved in the topic chosen. All topics should be cleared with me. As for the length, they must be appropriate to the topic.

Final Exam12/8/2010  10:30 AM

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