The Sceptered Isle

Ref: C2339996

The course will begin by examining the succession of the crown of Wessex and England under the heirs of Athelstan; the impact of the division of England in 957 and the contemporary friction against the Church. We will go on to look at the character of King Edgar's reign and its achievements, and his attempts to heal the divisions in England that had previously arisen. We will also look at the impact of the Benedictine Reform Movement at the same time, and how this affected the intellectual life of the Church and English scholarship in the later 10th century. We will go on to examine the nature of the crisis in the English government following the death of Edgar, and before looking more closely at the resurgence of Danish incursions against he British Isles after 980, and Aethelred's response to such developments. We will conclude with a closer consideration of the character and extent of the rising threat of the Norsemen.

Course aim

The course will analyse the emergence and development of the major British kingdoms during the later 10th century AD and the rising threat of the Vikings.

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:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the strengths and extent of the British recovery following the collapse of Danelaw in the mid 10th century
  • Evaluate the importance of the Benedictine Reform Movement in England during the later 10th century
  • Make some assessment of the major achievements of the reign of Edgar I
  • Evaluate the crisis in English government following the death of Edgar

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
  • "In Search of the Dark Ages" Michael Wood, BBC Books 2006 "England During the Dark Ages" John Green, Didactic Press 2013

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Sceptered Isle

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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