What is the course about?
Using contemporary documents and illustrations, we will look at the lives and post-Conquest reputations of the earliest English queens.
What will we cover?
The role of queens before 1066; Why did Mercian queens have a higher status than those of the West Saxons? We will also look at the more visible women, Aelfthryh, Emma of Normandy and Edith.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Debate on why Mercian queens were accorded higher status than their West Saxon counterparts
• Evaluate how post-Conquest historians have affected our perception of Old English queenship
• Discuss the career of Emma of Normandy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be an informative talk using PowerPoint, during which we will read original sources (in translation) and class discussion will be encouraged. You are invited to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need only bring note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in British or European history.