This Sceptered Isle

Ref: C2340772

The course will examine firstly the emergence of the Norman monarchy and its rivals throughout the British Isles, culminating the assumption of power by Henry I. We will look closely at the character of the Norman Conquest and its immediate consequences, as well as making some assessment of King William's policies and motives during the period. We will go onto consider William's relationship with the English Church, as well as giving some detailed consideration of the challenges and uprisings against the new Norman monarchy. Some detailed analysis will be made of the changes in administration and land ownership made under William, as well as a consideration of the Domesday project. We will conclude with an evaluation of the continuation of the Norman monarchy, as well the impact and consequences of the emergence of the crusading movement on the population of the western Franks and the interests of the Capetian kings, along with interests in Britain.

Course aim

The Norman Conquest was born out of continual and fierce rivalries, both within and outside the kingdoms of Britain.This course will examine the strong kings and queens that built that 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:

  • Show an awareness of the significance of the reign of king Cnut
  • Assess the major developments across the realms of Britain during the reign of Edward the Confessor 1042-1066
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of the crisis of 1052 for the integrity of Anglo-Saxon England
  • Provide a clear outline of the events of 1066 and their significance

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The Plantagenets Dan Jones, Collins 2013 Henry II: A Prince among Princes Richard Barber, Allen Lane Press 2015

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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This Sceptered Isle


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  • 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
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