Life in Anglo-Saxon England
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RC338
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course deals with specific aspects of social and economic life from a diachronic perspective using literary and archaeological evidence.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The course will cover: a summary history of the period with discussion of its importance in the foundation of the modern political geography of Britain; an overview of trends in art and material culture; social institutions and their archaeological and literary reflexes; warfare and military culture; social and economic developments; religions and religious institutions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise art styles (Quoit Brooch Style, Style I, Insular Style, Style II, Trewhiddle Style, etc.);
- identify religious trends in Christian and pre-Christian times;
- understand the central importance of the ‘meadhall’ as a social institution;
- identify types of archaeological evidence for the period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at the interested layman. No background knowledge will be assumed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
No homework will be set but suggestions for further reading will be offered.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no incidental expenses, unless the student goes on to acquire books and other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other history or literature courses related to the Anglo-Saxon age.
Stephen is a freelance researcher, tutor, presenter and author specialising in the Old English language and the history of Anglo-Saxon England. He has worked with a wide range of organisations from the BBC, major universities and museums to local history and poetry groups in several countries, bringing history to life through a combination of written texts, readings and artefacts. He has written for publications as varied as ‘The Reader’ and ‘The Oxford Companion to Military History’. Stephen is the author of more than a dozen books on aspects of early mediaeval culture including social institutions, medical manuscripts, military life, the applied arts, death and the afterlife, writing systems, pre-Christian religion and the Sutton Hoo treasure. He has provided Old English and Old Norse dialogue for television, and both visual and audio content for museums. His voice-over in Old English for television documentaries and CDs of readings have been widely appreciated.
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.