Anglo-Saxon England - HI783

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


This module is designed to introduce students to the political, social, and cultural history of England in the dramatic centuries between the departure of the Roman legions and the arrival of the Normans. During this period the country was transformed from a province of the Roman Empire into several independent kingdoms; redefined by christianity, invaded by vikings, it was eventually unified into a single state, one that was rich, sophisticated and ripe for conquest. A wide range of sources will be used including archaeology and poetry, letters and lawcodes. There will be an optional field trip to the British Museum.


Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar each week.

Indicative reading

D WHITELOCK - 'The Beginnings of English Society', 1954
B YORKE -' The Anglo-Saxons' (1999)
J BACKHOUSE, D TURNER & L WEBSTER - 'The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art', 1984
J CAMPBELL (ed.) - 'The Anglo-Saxons', 1982

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)


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