Deference and Defiance: A Brief History of Wales

Ref: C2345414

Beginning with the myths of Merlin, Vortigern and the Welsh dragon, this course examines the origins of Welsh identity, Offa’s Dyke and the only king of all Wales, Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, within the context of Anglo-Welsh relations.

Course aim

Providing the historical context of how invaders and local rulers have helped define the Welsh, this course explores why there was never a permanent kingdom of Wales.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Give a brief explanation why myths were so significant in fostering resistance and identity.
  • State the origins of the word ‘Welsh’ and how the Welsh described themselves.
  • Analyse and explain why Wales often had a large number of indigenous rulers.
  • Assess and state at least 2 reasons why Wales never achieved permanent unity under a single Welsh ruling house.
  • Discuss the overlooked legacy of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Deference and Defiance: A Brief History of Wales

Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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