20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This interdisciplinary module seeks to reconstruct an understanding of early medieval western Britain and Ireland from the end of the Roman Empire in the early fifth century to advent of the Viking Age. In contrast to the Anglo-Saxon regions of eastern Britain, there exists the notion that the Celtic West was at the 'edge of the earth', and consequently was a land of tyrants and barbarians, who, in their isolation, were removed from the cultural and political developments of this time. This module will break down the misconceptions of Britain's 'Dark Age' past through the analysis and interpretation of written sources and archaeological evidence, including material culture and scientific data. It will explore the people and their beliefs, and will demonstrate that, as the realm of Saints, scholars, traders and artisans, early medieval western Britain and Ireland were intricately connected to the wider European and Mediterranean world.

Staff Contact: MORELAND JOHN F
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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