(HIST054) The Plantagenets at Home and Abroad: Power, people and pilgrimages

Battle of Crecy


Course start date: Monday 23rd September 2024
Course end date: Friday 29th November 2024
Early Bird Price: £135

Tutor:  Lynne Thompson
Course Code: HIST054
Level: Non-accredited, non-credit bearing.
Assessments/Exams: None. Throughout the course you will be given ideas and questions to respond to in the online discussion area. Participation in online discussion is encouraged, but not compulsory.
Duration: 10 weeks
Estimated Student Study Time: 5 – 8 hours per week are recommended, but time spent is flexible and at your discretion.
Fee: £150.00
Pre-Requisites: No academic qualifications or other experience of studying history is required – only a strong enthusiasm for this subject.
Delivery: Online Distance Learning
Late Entrants: If this course is not full by the start date then late entrants will be accepted for up to two weeks after the start of the course. As a late entrant you can choose to catch up on the material you have missed or you can skip the missed weeks and concentrate on the material at the point where you join the course, but unfortunately we cannot offer fee reductions or course extensions for late entrants.
Recommended Reading**: Texts will be recommended within the course.
Required Reading**: There are no required texts for this course.

**Please note: All courses are subject to sufficient numbers of students registering before they are confirmed as running. Therefore, after booking your place you are advised not to purchase any texts until you have received confirmation that the course is running.


This interdisciplinary course is the part of a suite on the royal houses of England and their courts, the others being:

Although history is the dominant and linking thread, students will encounter aspects of the visual arts, theology, archaeology, music and literature, thereby gaining a broader understanding of the period.

Each weekly unit is accompanied by additional material which expands on themes or issues introduced in the body of each unit. A weekly online discussion forum enables tutors and students to explore them further together

Syllabus Plan

Week 01. Introduction: Dynastic overview – from Richard II to Henry V
Week 02. The Crusades
Week 03. Continuity and Change in Religion
Week 04. The Wars of the Roses (1): The Houses of Lancaster and York
Week 05. Pilgrimages in the Plantagenet Era
Week 06. The Wars of the Roses (2): Archaeological Evidence
Week 07. Women in the Plantagenet Period
Week 08. Transport, Trade and the World of the Master Mariner
Week 09. The End of Feudal England – Yeomen, Peasants and the Middling Sort
Week 10. The Plantagenet Legacy

Learning Outcomes

This course will help students to acquire:

  • Knowledge of aspects of medieval and early modern history, visual arts, theology, archaeology, and literature;
  • An awareness of the underlying concepts and debates relating to this subject area;
  • Experience of analysing primary source material