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Module

HIS2072 : Anglo-Saxon England: From Roman Britain to the Norman Conquest, 410 - 1066

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Anne Redgate
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module considers historical trends and developments 410-1066, particularly in relation to the creation of ‘England’, the formation of an ‘English’ ‘identity’ and England’s place in Europe. Students will acquire: knowledge of different types of evidence (textual evidence of different types - Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, vernacular poetry, charters, law codes - archaeology and art-history) and different interpretations; experience of critical assessment of evidence and interpretations and of analysis of historical problems; an introduction to various categories of history (cultural, economic, political, religious and social) and their interrelationship) and particular developments in the period (e.g. the role of women, towns) and of particular milestones and problems.

This module aims:
• To attain an appreciation of historical trends and developments 410-1066
• Particularly in relation to the creation of ‘England’, to the formation of an ‘English’ ‘identity’ and to England’s place in Europe
• To acquire : a knowledge of the different types of evidence available and of different interpretations; some experience of critical assessment of evidence and of interpretations and of analysis of historical problems;
• To acquire an introduction to various categories of history (cultural, economic, political, religious and social) and their interrelationship).
• To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.
• To develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

The historical importance of Bede and of King Alfred, especially regarding the formation of a united England, English identity and culture; twentieth-century approaches to Anglo-Saxon history; the contribution of other disciplines and of the interdisciplinary approach.
Milestones, controversies and problems in Anglo-Saxon history: the recommended reading covers all the above and the following in outline, and a selection will be made for coverage /discussion in lectures and seminars: the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons and British resistance; the Sutton Hoo ship-burial and cemetery; the conversion to Christianity; seventh-century Northumbria; the Mercian overlordship; Bede; the poem Beowulf; Viking invasion and settlement; Alfred’s victories, promotion of learning and of Christianity; the flowering of culture and monasticism in the tenth century; Aethelstan, 'the English Charlemagne'; tenth- and eleventh-century Scandinavian attacks; the late Old English state; towns, trade; women.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable