The Search for King Arthur

Ref: C2339098

We will examine how Roman Britain adapted when the provinces were left to manage their own affairs, and the nature of the threats to the Roman way of life in Britain. We will look at the extent of the efforts made to sustain that way of life, particularly in its urban and administrative character. We will look closely at the literary and archaeological evidence to reconstruct the history of Britain during the period 428 – 540 AD, and in particular a careful study of authors such as Gildas and Nennius, as well as early Welsh poetry, and the surviving Memorial Stones, in order to create a picture of the British Isles during the Dark Ages. You will be introduced to all the major cultural aspects, theology and warfare during the period concerned.

Course aim

brief but wide-ranging account of Romano-British society and its transformation during the 5th-6th centuries AD and how that society altered throughout that period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand the key features and development of Roman administration in Britain, 428 – 540 AD
  • Outline the key features of sub-Roman British town and country life during the 5th century AD
  • Show an understanding of the possible origins and significance of the characters of Vortigern, Ambrosius and Arthur
  • Show an understanding of the settlement patterns of the Saxons

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • “An Age of Tyrants” Christopher A. Snyder (Sutton Press)

What can I do next?

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The Search for King Arthur


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