How to live in a medieval village

Ref: C2226625

This course explores the everyday life of ordinary people living in medieval East Anglia's rural communities. Starting with the importance of religion and the church, we will discuss the important moments of their lives- birth, childhood, marriage, death and funerals- and their work routines, agricultural and industrial. We will also consider the rise of the East Anglian economy in the late medieval period and how this impacted upon the wealth of ordinary people, thinking about how they spent their money, their treasured possessions and their opportunities for travel.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 17/02/2020

Course aim

To explore everyday life in an East Anglian medieval village.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss the lives of ordinary people in an East Anglian medieval village.
  • Evaluate the importance of religion to medieval communities.
  • Consider the role of the church within rural communities.
  • Evaluate the economic changes in the medieval period and their impact on rural communities.
  • Discuss both the routine and the exceptional of rural communities.

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
  • David Dymond, The Business of the Suffolk Parish 1558-1625 Peter Clark, The English Alehouse: A Social History David Cressy, Bonfires and Bells Katherine French, The People of the Parish Katherine French, The Goodwomen of the Parish Christopher Daniell, Death and Burial in Medieval England

What can I do next?

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

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How to live in a medieval village

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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