England and the Continent in the Age of Bede

Ref: C2226633

The is centred on the period from 590 to 793, dates bounded by the pontificate of Gregory the great (590-604) and the Viking attack on the monastery of Lindisfarne in 793. Whilst our field is largely England, we range over Europe as it was in the 6th to the early 9th centuries, reflecting on the situations developing in Rome and Italy, teasing truth from tall tales and legends from Merovingian and Early Carolingian Gaul, and exploring elements of the Scandinavian and Germanic world of the period. Throughout the course, we home in on the life and work of Bede, renowned as one of the greatest and most influential of all the earlier medieval scholars and historians. In our examination of his life, work and influence, we assess his contribution to our own understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 20/02/2020

Course aim

This course explains political, religious, and cultural interaction between England and the continent from 6th to 9th centuries. Bede and his contemporaries' work is used to illustrate the course, as well as artefacts, architecture, and landscapes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the factors which led to the spread of Christianity in England in the period.
  • Explain the importance of Bede and his monastic contemporaries in the development of early English culture.
  • Analyse the reasons for the decline of paganism in England in this period.
  • Discuss how the early English peoples coped with change.

How will I be taught?

  • 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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England and the Continent in the Age of Bede

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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 2019
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