Course overview

In this course we will look at how Anglo-Saxon England had almost collapsed under the threat of the Norse conquest, and how the House of Wessex responded to that. In the term, we will examine the later reign of King Alfred and his successors, and the contributions they made not only in terms of bringing about the end of Danelaw, but also how English practices and texts became uniquely significant. We will then examine how the later heirs to the house of Wessex were able to completely end Danish rule and usher in a substantial restoration of late Anglo-Saxon England.

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 Danelaw was established, and as the peoples of Britain faced the onslaught of the Vikings through the early 10th century. We will examine in particular how the reigns of King Edmund and Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians were to have such pivotal influence in the breakdown of Danelaw; the often-neglected Aethelflaed and her contribution to a recovery of native English authority will be given some further consideration. At the same time, we will go on to examine the recovery of the Scots in the face of their own Norse colonisation, and how the Scots monarchy in particular was able to make a substantial recovery during the early 10th century. We will then go on to examine the continued struggle of the later heirs of the house of Wessex against the remnants of Danelaw in the North, culminating in the circumstances surrounding the final fall of the kingdom of York by the middle years of the 10th century and what later consequences this had for Anglo-Saxon England as a whole. Join Gary in a fun and supportive online environment.

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