History | Anglo-Saxon England
J400 | 17581 | Deliyannis


Above class open to majors only
Above class open to undergraduates only
J400: P-HIST-J300

When the Roman legions pulled out of Britain in the early fifth
century, the island entered a "dark age", during which groups of
people from the continent, known to us collectively as Anglo-Saxons,
entered Britain and became its rulers.  In this course, we will
examine the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England from 400 to
1100.  We will consider a variety of issues such as the history of
Christianity in England, social and political development, contacts
with other islands and the continent, the repeated waves of
invaders, the gradual unification of the island, and finally the
Norman conquest of 1066. We will read extensively in both primary
and secondary sources, and we will also examine archaeological
material in detail.

This course will be taught as a seminar; that is, classes will be
discussion based, and students should expect to participate in, and
perhaps occasionally lead, debate.  Each student will give an oral
presentation on one book, and there will also be short weekly
written exercises on the readings.   The major requirement of the
course will be a research paper on a topic of the student's choice,
which will also be presented orally to the class at the end of the
semester.