England Before The Norman Conquest: Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

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The Anglo-Saxons gave their name to England – the land of the Angles – and still today, their very name is used to describe the character and culture of the English. We will explore the formation of England from its status as a Roman province, through the fall of Roman Britain and the incoming Germanic settlements of the lengthy Anglo-Saxon period. We will explore the politics of the English state as the early Saxon settlements emerged into the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. These developing kingdoms were in turn assaulted by Viking invaders with vast areas submitting to the Danelaw. We will see how the kingdom of Wessex began to claw back Anglo-Saxon territory and eventually established the kingdom of England. The kingdom faltered under the disastrous reign of Ethelred II and fell under the rule of a Danish royal house until a series of premature deaths returned the English throne to the Anglo-Saxon line for the reign of Edward the Confessor.

Course aim

Come & explore the history of England from the Roman conquest of Britain to the eve of the Norman Conquest. We will trace the formation of England from its status as a Roman province, through the lengthy Anglo-Saxon period & the Viking invasions.

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:

  • outline the geo-political formation of the kingdom of England.
  • describe the image of kingship presented by individual Anglo-Saxon and Danish rulers.
  • assess the developments in governance throughout the Anglo-Saxon period.

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
  • Handouts of documents will be distributed each week, to be read before the next session.

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
  • There will be an opportunity to review your progress mid-course.

What else do I need to know?

  • You may wish to bring along a notebook and pen to take notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No prior reading is required but students might like to dip into Michael Wood's 'In Search of the Dark Ages' (BBC Books, editions from 1981- 2005) or Nicholas Higham & Martin Ryan's 'The Anglo-Saxon World' (Yale University Press, 2015).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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England Before The Norman Conquest: Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

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