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ME3304 Age of Conquest: Edward I - Scotland and Wales (1239 - 1307)

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

Edward I has long been known as the conqueror of Wales, the hammer of the Scots and as a second King Arthur who united the British Isles under his rule. Praised for his rule by English writers and, yet, a hate figure form many Scots and Welsh, Edward's reign was an era of major warfare and political change on the island of Britain. The module focuses on this pivotal period in the thirteenth and early fourteenth century in which ideas of royal sovereignty and national identity worked together to produce sustained conflicts. Detailed examination of the causes and course of Edward's wars with Llywelyn prince of Wales and his settlement of that land, and analysis of the English king's dealings with Scotland, culminating in his conquest of 1296 and the rebellion and warfare which followed, provide the core of this module.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies, Scottish History 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: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
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 M Brown
Module teaching staff:Prof M Brown