The emergence of Europe 300-1000
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HEH10
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course charts the rise of Christianity within the Roman empire and charts the collapse of Roman rule in the West and the subsequent rise of the kingdoms of the Franks, the Visigoths and the Anglo-Saxons that form the precursors of ‘Europe’..
What will we cover?
After defining what we mean by ‘late antiquity’ we look at the reign of Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor (r.306-337) and the eventual collapse of Roman rule in the West. We explore the rise of the ‘barbarian’ kingdoms, the impact of the Viking invasions and the beginning of the unification of England under Alfred the Great. During this time the Carolingian empire will collapse and we see the emergence of what we now call France and Germany. If conditions permit there will be a visit to the British Museum.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Debate on reasons why Christianity became the dominant religion from the fourth century
• Identify two reasons for the fall of Rome
• Explain why the Arab conquests were rapid and successful
• Give an informed opinion as to the causes and consequences of the fall of the Carolingian empire
• Evaluate the achievements of Alfred the Great; was he just lucky?
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for medieval history. No previous 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?
Each week there will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged.
We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion
purposes. Occasionally small pieces of homework reading will be distributed to augment your knowledge. You are
encouraged 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. If you wish to purchase a book before the course I would recommend Roger Collins, Early Medieval Europe 300-1000 (London: Red Globe Press, 2010) earlier editions are fine.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HEH11: The rise of Europe 1000-1300.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University, and Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, as well as European history from the Fall of Rome to 1800. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: https://queenshipinpreconquestengland.wordpress.com/ Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!
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