The Norman Conquest of the North

Ref: C3670417

We will examine the impact of the Norman Conquest upon the north of England, and explore the castles, churches and cathedrals that are the legacy of the Norman era.

Course aim

To introduce students to the history of northern England in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Who is the course for?

No prior experience required.

What topics will this course cover

Schedule of sessions: 1. Before the Normans 2. Battles of the Conquest 3. Domesday Book and the Harrying of the North 4. The New Lordships 5. Norman York 6. The Church 7. Monasteries and Estates 8. Castles 1: Helmsley and Richmond 9. Castles 2: Pickering and Middleham

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Identify key events in the Norman Conquest of northern England Demonstrate a general understanding of the culture and society of northern England in the 11th and 12th centuries Identify and describe a series of Norman sites and buildings in the north of England

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given verbally throughout the course and in writing at the end.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

No specialist materials required.

Reading and information sources

Suggested Reading: D Hey, Yorkshire Since AD 1000 G Dean, Medieval York J Le Patourel, The Norman Conquest of Yorkshire

What could the course lead to?

Further WEA course or level 1 accredited module on related medieval history theme.

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The Norman Conquest of the North Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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