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ME3232 Queens and Queenship in Early Mediaeval Europe

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module explores the political role played by queens in the early Middle Ages. Studying the constantly shifting representation of female authority (often depicted as unnatural and dangerous) allows us to examine various key moments in early mediaeval political history and helps illuminate contemporary power structures. This enterprise also demands that we confront broader cultural phenomena - for example changing attitudes to marriage, sex and masculinity - and that we engage with modern historiographical debates about gender and history. The module is structured around a series of texts written about and for queens, each of which is selected to illuminate broader issues as well as for intrinsic interest.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 27%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof S MacLean
Module teaching staff:Prof S MacLean