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ME3018   Conflict and cooperation: church and monarchy in Britain, 1066-1317

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Thursday 1 - 3pm

This module examines the central role played by popes and prelates in British politics from the reign of William the Conqueror to Edward I. In 1170, the conflict between Henry II and Thomas Becket over the 'liberty of the church' resulted in the archbishop's murder. The module explores the power struggles between ecclesiastical and secular powers that Becket's martyrdom encapsulates. In a period of increasing papal power, popes made their presence known in various ways. Clergy participated in the major disputes of the period, including Magna Carta, reform and rebellion in the mid-thirteenth century, and the struggle over the Scottish Crown. Clerics were not spared the papacy's wrath when they mutinied against its commands, whether that meant acting with or against the king. The course thus develops certain themes introduced in the second year, shedding light on tensions and collaborations within the complex relationship between church and state.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001 and MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 office hour (x11 weeks) (22 hours scheduled learning). 264 hours guided independent study

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 264

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 60% coursework and 40% written examination

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 60%

Re-assessment: 100% coursework


Module coordinator: Dr D J Patrick
Module teaching staff: Dr Felicity Hill