from Anglo-Saxon Times to c. 1400
SPRING 2009Professor Hyams
check this version of the syllabus periodically for
update & additions;
it takes priority over the hard copy handout
|Professor Hyams||Eliza Buhrer (TA)|
|Phone:||5-2076 -- Office
257-3168 -- Home
|Office Hours:||MG 307
Wed 11 – 12 noon; Thurs 2-3 pm ,
or by arrangement
Tues 1-2 pm, or by arrangement
REQUIRED (available from the Campus Store):
Hollister et al., The
Making of England (8th
J. Campbell (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons
M.T. Clanchy, England and its Rulers, 1066-1272 (3rd edn.)
George Holmes, The Later Middle Ages, 1272-1485 (Norton History of England, 3)
D. Baker, The
Early Middle Ages, 871-1216 & The Later Middle Ages,
1216-1485 [Sourcebook, online via Google Books]
D.A. Hinton, Archaeology, Economy and Society: England from the 5th to the 15thCentury
W.G. Hoskins , The Making of the English Landscape
Maurice Keen, English Society in the Later Middle Ages (1990) online via Library Catalog, http://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=6281562&DB=local
To pursue points made in the
lectures or assigned readings, consult first the following books on the
There may be in addition some xerox copies of other relevant materials.
2. Short Paper I (about 5 pp.) on the Bayeux
Tapestry will be due Friday,
You should set yourself a question on the BT,
and clear it with me.
An alternative is to tackle this:
-- What does the Bayeux Tapestry tell us about the Norman Conquest and its impact? [10% of final grade]
3. Term Paper (about 15 pp.) will be on
one of a small number of questions to be announced in advance. Two
drafts are expected. A first draft will be due on Thursday, April 9. We shall
comment on each of the papers and return them to you, without telling
provisional grade. We shall then hold a
discussion class for each question group. These will not simply review
issues raised by the specific questions; they will also canvas some of
to improve skills in writing papers. I may also hold extra office hours
in this period, if there is any demand. The Final Version of the paper
is due in the final class, Thursday,
April 30 [45% of final grade]
CLICK HERE for the four questions from which you choose one only. Clicking on the link now will take you back not only to the questions, but now that the First Draft is in and read, to our suggestions for Further Reading on your chosen question.
I have some Suggestions
about Writing History Papers like this one and also on the
research and Source Criticism which precede writing the papers. START
HERE with my general tips, or with ORB's further suggestions,
and then come and see me (or Eliza) for
assistance more specific to your own personal needs.
4. Short Paper II. You may choose
either of these 2 options, c. 5
pages for 10% of final grade,due Friday, March 27.
B. The value to the historian of Landscape History and Setttlement Studies: Compose a funding application for the support of this kind of study. Take your materials and examples from the Whittlewood Project as described at http://www.le.ac.uk/elh/whittlewood/index.htm. You could find further material or inspiration from Jones and Page, Medieval Villages in an English Landscape.
5. Short Paper III
on Heraldry (max. of 5
pp.). Design yourself a shield (escutcheon), and explain the point
all, not forgetting some kind of female perspective. (You can read
Knight in Medieval England, chap. 4.) Due Friday, April 17.
[10% of final grade]
6. Attendance at all classes and participation in all discussions. Office Hours, too, are a full part of the course; you are expected to use them to clarify difficulties, pursue interesting side-issues and, simply, to let us get to know you. There will be some credit [10%] for asking good questions and otherwise displaying intellectual effort informally on these occasions.
to complement rather than repeat the information and arguments in the
So you absolutely must complete
readings early in the week to which they refer. Aim to read at least
text (usually Hollister) for the Tuesday class.
You should bring in to class on Thursday a written question on some aspect of the week’s readings. I shall generally call on some of you to read your question out so that we can use discussion time to canvas the questions that puzzle or worry you. We shall also read and discuss source texts from the Baker sourcebooks. The weekly selections from Hinton, on the other hand, are optional except for Week XIII.
Source readings from the Baker Sourcebooks (online Google Books "preview" version) will be required and additional to the readings noted below. I shall try to announce selections for discussion the preceding week. But you would do well to work right through both books over the semester at your own pace. Let us discuss problems in Office Hours.You will, of course, find it impossible to conflate into a single "correct" view of the period from the information and arguments even of the Assigned Readings. Your job is to construct a view for yourself with all help from Eliza and me (including Office Hours) and from the rest of the class. To consult, you can also use E-Mail. The procedure of Paper II (3. above) is designed to assist. But the key is careful reading and re-reading. The best approach is to look out for differences of opinion between different readings or between them and the lectures. If you bring these to the notice of the Class, you can gain bonus credit towards the Final Grade.
Week I INTRODUCTION - Geography: Men Women and the Land Jan 20, 22
Taylor, Village & Farmstead (extracts).
Campbell, The Anglo-Saxons, picture essays 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 = pp. 102-3, 120-1, 152-3, 162-3, 174-5
Opt: W.G. Hoskins, The Making of the English Landscape words
Jones and Page, Medieval Villages, Chaps. 1, 10
Project was the
focus of Jones and Page's book.
Laxton, Notts. is the last village to retain its common field system, documented by old photos as well as maps etc..
You will probably
need to familiarise yourself with the simple facts
of physical geography with the help of a map or two. Many can be
But you can also click here for a menu of maps which I may add to as I am able.
Week II Celtic & Roman Britain Jan 27, 29
Campbell, chap. 1 words
aspect of the period of the Anglo-Saxon Invasions and Settlements
that always attracts attention is the career of King Arthur. In the
that most of us hear the story, it belongs to the fiction writers of
twelfth century and later. But some kind of facts do lie
behind the myths, and there is no lack of people who think they know
what that is.
(When talking to these people keep your hand on your wallet.) There
are a myriad web sites devoted to Arthur, and some of them may be
reliable! One available source is Nennius
Week III Conversion & Unification to 899 Feb 3, 5
Campbell, chaps. 3-5, picture essays 1- 6, 11 = pp. 24-5, 32-3, 48-9, 62-3, 74-5, 80-1, 158-9 words
Week IV The Late Anglo-Saxon "State" ? Feb 10, 12
Campbell, chaps., 6-8, picture essays 9, 13-17 = pp. 130-1, 166-7, 170-1, 174-5, 198-9, 204-5
Week V The Norman Conquest and “Feudalism” Feb 17, 19
Clanchy, chap. 2
"Bayeux Tapestry" Martin Foys' computer edition is in Olin, NK3049.B3 F68x 2003, also in Sibley
Feb 24, 26
Hollister, chap. 5
Clanchy, chaps. 3-4
Coronation Charter, 1100
Domesday Book; if interested maneuver round the site via the Help Index
SHORT PAPER I (Bayeux Tapestry) due Fri
Week VII Angevins to Magna Carta Mar 3, 5
Clanchy, chaps. 5-6 words
Meet the Angevin
Family at Rest!
Henry II: Peter of Blois' description
Constitutions of Clarendon, 1164
Assize of Clarendon, 1166
Magna Carta, 1215
King John, Bishop Hugh of Lincoln &
the Bible of the Poor
Discovery of King Arthur's tomb, temp. Henry II
Week VIII Society in the High Middle Ages Mar 10, 12
Clanchy, chap. 7
Week IX Henry III (1216-72) Mar 24, 26
Clanchy, chaps. 9-11 words
Westminster Hall and a virtual tour!
Provisions of Oxford, 1258 (Stubbs Charters, p. 393) There are also usable translations of many of the major constitutional texts of 1258-67 online by Cornellian Carl Stephenson.
"Song of Lewes" (the battle was
1264): English text, pp. 33-55.
SHORT PAPER II due Fri
WEEK X Edward I, 1272-1307 Mar 31; Apr 2
Holmes, chaps. 4-5 and pp. 102 sq. words
Notes on Wales
Edward's Welsh Castles
A pope disapproves the Jewish Blood Libel
But Edward did have a
Week XI Edward II Apr 7, 9
Holmes, chaps. 3, 11 and pp. 117 sq., 182-92. words
Great European Famine, 1315-20
Walter of Henley & other Estate Management treatises
York and clickable map with find images and a walk around
But especially London and the London Museum for images etc. Also London guilds
Statute of York, 1322
Ordinance of the Staple, 1353 (Baker, 86-8)
DRAFT due Thurs class
Week XII Edward III & the Hundred Years War Society Apr 14, 16
Holmes, chaps. 2, 7
Opt: Hinton, chap. VIII
soit qui mal y pense' & the Order
of the Garter
Froissart on Hundred Years War Battles
of Walsinhgham on the
Good Parliament of 1376
SHORT PAPER III due Fri
Hollister, chap. 12
Holmes, chaps. 8, 11, 12 and pp. 192-6.
Hinton, chap. IX. words
Death and a picture!
Statute of Laborers, 1351 (extract) and full text
1381 Peasants' Revolt 'When Adam delved and Eve Span...'
Week XIV England in the Middle Ages: Review Apr 28, 30
Readings to be arranged [Baker Sourcebooks]
Sun 3 - Wed 6 May STUDY PERIOD
Wed 6 - Fri 15 May FINAL EXAMS