William the Conqueror and sons
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.
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Course Code: HBH30
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
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.
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.