England before the Norman Conquest

Course Ref: C3747474
Date: 10 meetings on Mondays starting 27/09/2021. 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Woodley Hill House
Tutor: Sheila Ephraim
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Fee: £90.00

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.

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