England's Anglo-Saxon Kings

Ref: C3742874

So often the study of English history begins with the Norman Conquest and our monarchs are counted only from William I. In this course we will consider the lives of the often forgotten Anglo-Saxon Kings of England. Later monarchs were descended from the Royal House of Wessex and we will spend time studying the lives of the kings of this royal house. We will also consider the monarchs of the other kingdoms of the Heptarchy, (the collective name applied to the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of: Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Wessex). The ten week course will include such figures as St. Oswald of Northumbria, Ethelbert, King of Kent, Offa, King of Mercia, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, the first king of England, Ethelred the Unready and Edward the Confessor.

Course aim

To consider the lives of the often forgotten Saxon Kings of England. We look at the monarchs of the House of Wessex together with those of the other Saxon kingdoms.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List the kingdoms of the Heptarchy.
  • Describe the changing fortunes of the kingdoms of the Heptarchy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the lives of the principal Anglo-Saxon monarchs.
  • Explain the main lines of descent, of later British monarchs, from the Anglo-Saxon monarchs.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Notepad and pen. No additional expenses.

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
  • I hope to run further royal history courses for Petersfield WEA.

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England's Anglo-Saxon Kings


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