The Anglo-Saxon period in English history has often been dismissed as part of the Dark Ages that swept across Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Italian Renaissance. Yet, as this course shows, Anglo-Saxon kings laid the foundations of the English nation and created some of England’s most cherished institutions against a constant threat of Viking invasion.
This course delves into this fascinating period of English history, a period that is often ignored by school syllabuses, yet one that is crucial to understanding the events that shaped the English nation to be as it is today. Looking at such key historical figures as Alfred the Great, Aethelstan the first king of England, and chroniclers such as the Venerable Bede, this course serves as an accessible introduction to this period of English history and to the study of the medieval period that followed.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying history at university, exploring an extremely important period of British history and encountering a range of historical methods in the process.
Aims and Objectives
- To explore this crucial period of English history, one often ignored by most school courses
- To understand the reasons behind the rise and the fall of the Anglo-Saxons
- To gain an insight into Anglo-Saxon life and culture, and the lives of two of their most famous kings: Alfred and Athelstan
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Discuss the important role played by the Anglo-Saxons in shaping the outlines of the English nation
- Explain the major reasons for the fall of Anglo-Saxons at the hands of the Normans
- Understand the important role played by two key Anglo-Saxon kings, Alfred and Athelstan, and the differences between them