The Local Identities and Palaeography of Early Modern England, 1500-1700

Module code: HS7127

Module Outline

This module enables students to reconstruct local identities in early modern England. It builds upon a recent coming together of social and political history, a development in which local history has been at the forefront. Themes include the impact upon local identities of riot, rebellion, and popular politics, while problems of governance are explored through analyses of custom, crime and immigration. The second half of each session tackles the manuscript sources upon which these histories have been based, developing strategies for reading, analysing and interpreting archival documents.


The module is delivered in 10 x 3 hour sessions. An individual tutorial of up to one hour is offered to each student to supervise their research project. The students also participate in a tour (conducted by the module co-ordinator in partnership with the archivist) of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Record Office in Wigston, which discusses the functions of archives along with example of documents from this particular archive's holdings.


  • The palaeography element to the module is assessed by a 75 minute skills test
  • The research project, a piece of coursework limited to 5,000 words