Before 1066 and All That

Ref: C2344403

This course will look carefully at the evidence for the collapse of an independent England under the rule of the House of Wessex, and why that decline took place. We will go on to look at the factors that contributed to the emergence of King Cnut, before going on to consider in some detail the character of his changes to the administration of England. We will look at the way the Anglo-Danish realm developed a new identity in northern Europe and Scandinavia, before considering the state of his realm at the time of Cnut's death. We will then go on to look at the character of Cnut's heirs and consider reasons for their failure, before concluding with a wider examination of the British Isles and its struggles during the restoration of the House of Wessex and the emergence of Edward the Confessor. Some consideration will be given as to why Edward's reputation was later degraded by his Norman successors, and what can be revealed about the real character of his administration.

Course aim

How did a king of Denmark become the first king of England to have an empire, and create a unique identity for Anglo-Saxon England? This course will examine those questions, as well as wider questions of British identity, in the years up to 1066.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identity at least two key reasons for Cnut's accession to power in England
  • Provide a brief outline of three factors that contributed to the administration of King Cnut's realm
  • Make some assessment of the nature of the late Anglo-Saxon economy of England
  • Identify at at least two reasons for the return of the House of Wessex to rule England by 1042

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • The Anglo-Saxon World, Nicholas Higham (Yale University Press 2013) Cnut: England's Viking King: 1016-35, Dr M Lawson (The History Press 2011)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Before 1066 and All That

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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