Course overview

In this term, we begin by considering the later reign of King Eadgar and his efforts to achieve a kind of unified England, but also how English practices and texts became unique. This will involve examining the peculiarities of the English Benedictine Reform Movement, the impact it made among the clergy and also social and cultural consequences, as well as for the English monarchy itself. After that, we will address the feuds, administrative and executive failures of the monarchy in the years after Eadgar’s death, and why these errors would finally cause the downfall of the House of Wessex.

Course description

A course that will provide a detailed look at the life & times of Anglo-Saxon England and the British Isles generally as the later reign of King Aethelred developed under the Viking threat. Additionally, we will also consider in some detail what factors may have led to the evolution of the Kingdom of Denmark, the identity of its earliest leaders and some analysis as to why and how such a kingdom was able to form. Thereafter, we will go on to look at the increasing difficulties faced by the house of Wessex as it continued in its efforts to stem the Viking threat; and then how these efforts led to the circumstances under which Anglo Saxon authority finally collapsed under the pressure of the Danish invasion, and the final overthrow of Ethelred and his family. The course will conclude with some wider consideration of the establishment of the reign of King Cnut, his means of government across England, and the ways which he was able to establish a maritime empire that stretched across the North Sea, as well as developing a highly respected and widely understood reputation as one of the great leaders of the 10th century In Western Europe.

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