HIST 230

The Roots of English Society and Politics

This course takes a chronological approach to the history of England from the Roman period to the death of Elizabeth I, paying particular attention to the political and social developments as well as the contributions of different peoples and their traditions to the making of England through the sixteenth century. Topics to be covered include Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and culture; the Norman Conquest and its contested legacy; the culture of the Anglo-Norman aristocracy; attempts to impose English rule and law on Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; the economic, social, and dynastic upheavals of the late medieval period; and new understandings of statecraft and religious authority under the Tudor monarchs.