The Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
The Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth 2022-23
Ysgol Hanes, y Gyfraith a Gwyddorau Cymdeithas
Modiwl - Semester 1
This course will deal with the history of Wales during the age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) (c.1170-1240), focusing not only on Llywelyn himself but also on broader political, ecclesiastical, social and cultural developments in Wales during his lifetime. It will use a variety of sources in order to investigate Llywelyn's career as prince of Gwynedd within a wider context, both Welsh and European, and encourage critical evaluation of the ways that different genres of evidence offer differing perspectives. Attention will also be given to historiographical developments in the study of Wales in this period. Topics for discussion will include: Llywelyn's rise to power in Gwynedd, and his attempts to create a broader hegemony over other parts of Wales; relations with the English crown, especially John and Henry III; developments in other Welsh principalities and the Marcher lordships; Llywelyn's marriage to King John's daughter, Joan; the prince's acta; relations with the Church, including the patronage of religious houses; developments in native Welsh law; court poetry of the period.
-good -Good students achieving Merit grades (B- to B+) will demonstrate a solid level of achievement and depth of knowledge in all the criteria in the Pass (C- to C+) range, and will in addition exhibit constructive engagement with different types of historical writing and historiographical interpretation. Ideas will be communicated effectively and written work will include a good range of sources/reading and demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues and of the existing interpretations expressed in a well-structured, relevant, and focused argument. Students at the top end of this band will engage with and critique the ideas that they come across, and synthesise the various interpretations they find to reach their own considered conclusions. Written work will be correctly presented with references and bibliography where appropriate. -excellent -Excellent students achieving Distinction grades (A- and above) will show strong achievement across all the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and/or subtlety of analysis. In written work, they will support their arguments with a wealth of relevant detail/examples. They will also demonstrate an acute awareness of the relevant historiography and give an account of why the conclusions reached are important within a particular historical debate. They may show a particularly subtle approach to possible objections, nuancing their argument in the light of counter-examples, or producing an interesting synthesis of various contrasting positions. Overall, the standards of content, argument, and analysis expected will be consistently superior to top upper-second work. Standards of presentation will also be high. -another level-Students in this band, achieving Pass grades (C- to C+), will demonstrate a satisfactory range of achievement or depth of knowledge of most parts of the module, and will make successful, if occasionally inconsistent, attempts to develop those skills appropriate to the study of History at PGT level. In the case of the written assessments, the answers will attempt to focus on the question, although might drift into narrative, and will show some evidence of solid reading and research. The argument might lose direction and might not be adequately clear at the bottom of this category. Written work will be presented reasonably well with only limited errors in grammar, punctuation, and referencing, and not to the extent that they obscure meaning.
- Present clear, evidence-based historical arguments on aspects of the subject
- Students will be able understand the different types of evidence for the history of Wales in the age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth and will be able to analyse their significance.
- They will understand changing ideas and current theories and debates about the interpretation of the evidence and will be able to make a judgement for themselves on the merits of these.
- They will understand the advantages and limitations of using documentary and narrative sources alongside literary works and legal texts and will be able to begin to combine the use of these diverse sources for themselves.
Essay on a topic arising from the seminars (to be agreed with the module convenor)
Report analysing one or more sources (sources to be agreed with the module convenor)