Explore the hub of royal and religious power struggles 1066-1216 Explore the hub of royal and religious power struggles 1066-1216

Academic Lead: Mr James Barnaby

Accreditation: 20 UCU/10 ECTS

Level: Undergraduate level 5

This module will look at two of the key themes of Medieval History, Religion and Royal Power. The course will chart the rise of the great religious centres in East Anglia as well as the development and use of royal power and influence both directly through the kings of England and their representatives during the period of the Norman and Angevin Kings. Aspects looked at will include pilgrimage and the cult of saints, the East Anglian rebellion against King John and the construction and uses of cathedrals and castles. There will be fieldtrips to key sites such as Ely cathedral, Framlingham castle and Sutton Hoo.

Field trips may include:

Trips to Wymondham Abbey, Castle Rising, Ely Cathedral, Framlingham Castle, Bury St Edmund’s and Sutton Hoo, as well as afternoon field trip to Norwich Castle and Cathedral.

By the end of this module students will:

Have developed an understanding of the role of religion in medieval English society as well as how power was utilised by the royal government and its enemies. They will have gained a greater understanding of how East Anglia fits into English history and the special role that it played in medieval England.

Students will also develop several transferable skills including:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills  
  • The ability to read and digest academic articles 
  • Enhanced written and oral communication skills
  • Referencing skills
  • Group Working Skills


 A healthy interest in history. Some prior knowledge of the middle ages is useful but not necessary.

Student Experience:

"Studying at UEA during the International Summer School was the best schooling I have ever done. I know that I have still a few years ahead of me in school but nothing can compare to the activities, the friendships, the academics, the assignments, and the culture that I experienced at UEA. The International Summer School brings together people from all over the world from Australia to Canada, and everywhere in between!" Stephen, Canada 2013

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