History | The Anglo-Saxon World
J300 | 8628 | Deliyannis


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only

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 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, discussion.  As a writing-intensive
class, 30 pages of writing is required; this will include eight 1-
page weekly response essays, three 3-4 page papers, and a 12-15 page
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.