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Charity L. Urbanski
HSTAM 365
Seattle Campus

Medieval England, 1042-1485

Upper level survey of English history from the Norman conquest until 1485. Emphasis on political, social, and economic history, with special attention to the peculiarities of English development as these had emerged by 1485.

Class description

Medieval England from the Norman Conquest to the reign of Edward I (1066-1307). This course will examine the political, social, and cultural changes that occurred in England from the period of the Norman Conquest to the Edwardian Reforms. The themes to be explored include the impact of the Conquest upon the Anglo-Saxons, Norman innovations in social organization, government, and law, the birth of the common law, literacy and learning, conflicts between Crown and Church, political rebellion and reform.

Student learning goals

Analyze primary sources.

Construct persuasive historical arguments using evidence from primary sources.

Evaluate arguments in secondary sources.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion of primary sources.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. Some knowledge of medieval history,such as HIST 112 or HSTAM 332, will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

There will be short writing assignments every week, two papers, and two exams. Detailed assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charity L. Urbanski
Date: 05/09/2012