Britain in the Age of Arthur 400-600 AD

Ref: C3841226

The period after AD 400 used to mark the start of the "Dark Ages" when the Romans left Britain and the Anglo Saxon invaders began to attack the undefended lands. Yet the period around the year 500 is also the time associated with the figure of King Arthur and by 600 the arrival of Augustine sent by Pope Gregory to convert the pagan English. What can current archaeology tell us about this period? Was it really so "dark" after all? How reliable is the work of the historian the Venerable Bede?

Course aim

The course covers the historical period from AD400-600 and examines the archaeological and literary evidence for this so called "Dark Age"

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:

  • Identify the reasons for the demise of Post Roman Britain
  • Argue in class the nature and extent of the Anglo-Saxon invasions
  • Examine in groups at least one piece from the writings of the Venerable Bede

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
  • Option to pursue own areas of interests using books or websites

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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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Britain in the Age of Arthur 400-600 AD


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