Tutor: Tom Johnson
Module type: Explorations
Module Code: HIS00095I
The sea played a vital role in the economy, culture and politics of medieval England. As a defensive barrier, a source of livelihoods, and a means of economic and cultural connectivity, it was an integral part of everyday life in this period. Students who take this interdisciplinary course will explore all aspects of maritime society in medieval England, from the day-to-day rhythms of fishing and trade, to the exploits of pirates and the politics of shipwreck. We will engage both with documentary sources created for government and taxation, as well as archaeological, literary, and visual evidence that can help us to understand the importance of the sea for individual and collective identity. Overall, this survey course will not only introduce students to a new and exciting area of research in medieval studies, it will help them to understand the long-term processes by which England became a maritime culture over the course of the Middle Ages.
Seminars will likely cover the following areas:
Group project work will consist of a short piece of written work, analysing a primary source (or group of related sources) chosen in consultation with the tuto
For more information, please visit the module catalogue.