Anglo-Saxon queens

Course Dates: 02/02/20
Time: 10:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the Anglo-Saxon Queens before 1066. They have been largely forgotten and yet many of them were powerful women for example Cynethryth, wife of Offa of Mercia (d. 796) was the only queen to appear on coins until the sixteenth century.


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.

Tutor Biographies
Vanessa King Tutor Website

Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HBH26

Sun, day, 02 Feb - 02 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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