20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module explores patterns of power in early medieval Britain from the withdrawal of Roman authority in the fifth century through to the incursions of the Vikings in the ninth. We will focus on what would become England, though Wales and Scotland will also come into consideration. Central themes include the problem of where the Angles and Saxons came from, the relations between independent kingdoms, the role of the Church in reshaping ideas of royal power, the nature of heroic warrior culture, people's sense of their place in the wider world, and the changing distributions of power in their own society. We will explore a range of sources, ranging from archaeological excavations and coins to poetry, travel-writing and historical chronicles.

Restrictions on availability: Must have passed 40 credits of HST modules at Level 1

Staff Contact: SHAW JAMES E
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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