History: Saxons, Danes and Normans: England 800-1100

Ref: C3840614

Late Anglo Saxon England was flourishing and relatively secure. But a first wave of Viking incursions disrupted that security and by 871 only Alfred's Wessex survived. Recovery in the 10th century was halted during the unhappy reign of Ethelred II Then in the early 11th century the Danish king Cnut took the throne, before Edward the Confessor reclaimed the crown But on his death the events of 1066 would see a descendant of the Vikings, in the shape of the Duke of Normandy, seize England and bring an end to Anglo-Saxon control This course examines the tumultuous years from 800-1100

Course aim

An examination of the history of Britain during the period 800-1100 and the changes brought about by the Viking and Norman invasions of Anglo Saxon England

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify the chief features of late Anglo Saxon society
  • Assess the significance of the reign of Alfred the Great
  • Explain why it was the Kingdom of Wessex that took the lead in the unification of England
  • Compare and contrast the characters of Ethelrerd II and King Cnut
  • Assess the changes brought about by the Norman Conquest of Anglo Saxon England

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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History: Saxons, Danes and Normans: England 800-1100 Course Outline


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