William the Conqueror and sons

Course Dates: 23/09/21 - 09/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
This new course follows the Norman Conquest from Edward the Confessor’s reign to the English defeat at Hastings, and the rule of William the Conqueror and his sons, William II and Henry I.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00

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Course Code: HBH30

Started Thu, eve, 23 Sep - 09 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is about cultures, conquest, and change in England from c. 1040 to c. 1140. There was not only a change in governance but also in Church and society at every level; we reflect on innovative theology under Anselm; the nature of serfdom and villeinage and the ways in which life changed or didn’t for peasants in their cottages.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The Battle of Hastings; the rule of the Norman kings: William I, William II, and Henry I; the Norman Settlement; the Bayeux Tapestry and its meaning; Castles and their significance; Buildings for God; Domesday Book and its impact; Women, men, and the Church in England; Law and Society under the Norman kings; Norman London.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

.Explain why Harold II was defeated at Hastings; Analyse the relative success of the Norman kings; Consider the bias stitched into the Bayeux Tapestry; Discuss the significance of Anselm’s theological insights; Identify the main features of Norman Romanesque architecture in England; Assess the impact of Domesday Book on the Anglo-Norman state and its governance; Evaluate the importance of London in the early 12th century.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Open to everyone with an interest in English history.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Each session is illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, and source material for discussion; the tutor’s exposition, is accompanied by questioning and discussion of the problems and issues each of the topics generate. A selection of books and articles covering each session is recommended for study, but the course may still be enjoyed without concentrated study.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A notebook would be useful, although the tutor does provide extensive notes for each of his sessions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in British and Irish history.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.