Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM
James R. King
Office: 214 O’Donohoe
C. Warren Hollister, Robert C. Stacey, and Robin Chapman Stacey, The Making of England to 1399 (Boston, 2001), Eighth Edition.
All students registered for the course are responsible for class attendance and all scheduled examinations. Examinations will cover the assigned reading in the textbook and the material covered in the lectures. The lectures will focus on the most significant institutions and developments which shaped English society in the Middle Ages. Their will be two examinations, a mid-term and the final. In addition each student must submit a 1-2 page summary of the additional readings which are on reserve at the circulation desk of Moffett Library. Furthermore each student is required to submit a critique of a major work relating to the period. The summaries and critiques will be due on November 29. Each student must also hand in two examination books by September 10. The examination books (bluebooks) can be purchased in bookstore. Students are required to attend class unless they are excused because of authorized university activities. Excessive absences as well as regular tardiness can result in lowering of letter grades or in being dropped from the course.
Course Outline and Reading Assignments:
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.
Read: Hollister, et al., pp. 33-107
Anglo-Norman England (September 17-27)
The Danish monarchy of the early Eleventh Century.
Edward the Confessor and the Norman Conquest.
Lanfranc and the restructuring of the Church.
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.
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., pp. 213-300.
English Historical Documents, v III, ed. Henry Rothwell (New York: Oxford University Press, 1975), "Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forests, pp. 341-349.
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.
The Fifteenth Century (November 8 - December 3)
The Lancastrian Monarchy.
The revival of the war with 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: 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)