Barons, Knights and Peasants: Herefordshire in the Early Middle Ages

Ref: C3125251

An exploration, from the perspective of the Southern Marches, of the political, social and economic history Herefordshire during an era of expansion. This will include some consideration of the county’s role in the great events of the time; the organisation and development of rural and urban society, social structure and religious life. The course will be illustrated by using local sites, artefacts and documents.

Course aim

To study a remote period of local history and relate this to the national scene; to introduce and discuss the key debates of the period; to review some of its artefacts e.g. buildings, field systems, settlements.

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 development of the county community, its organisation, institutions and structure.
  • • The political events of the period and their impact upon Herefordshire.
  • • Upper & middle class society, marcher lordships, baronies, manors and castleries; knights, merchants moated manorhouses
  • • Peasants- the manor and the village, servitude and freedom and field systems.
  • • The church – bishops, priests, abbots and monks, and ecclesiastical buildings.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Continue next year with a course on Herefordshire in the late Middle Ages

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Barons, Knights and Peasants: Herefordshire in the Early Middle Ages Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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