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The Anglo-Saxons: On-Demand Online Course

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Online The Anglo-Saxons Course Introduction

Do you want to enjoy a thrilling adventure into one of the most extraordinary periods of British history? Join our Anglo-Saxons course, and discover how the Anglo-Saxon period, often dismissed as the Dark Ages that characterised Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Italian Renaissance, actually laid the foundations of the England we know today. Discover how Anglo-Saxon kings, such as Alfred the Great and Aethelstan, created some of England’s most cherished institutions, and protected against the looming threat of Viking invasion. Dive into Anglo-Saxon life and culture, and explore the major reasons for the fall of the Anglo-Saxons at the hands of the Normans.

Secure your place on our Anglo-Saxons course, and gain a world-class education from the comfort and convenience of your home.

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Course Summary

Join our course, and start an adventure into one of the most compelling periods of English history. The Anglo-Saxon period 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, on our course you will discover how 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.

You’ll delve into this fascinating period of English history, which school syllabuses often ignore, but which was crucial to shaping the English nation. You’ll look at key historical figures as Alfred the Great, Aethelstan the first king of England, and chroniclers such as the Venerable Bede. Our course gives you an accessible introduction to this period of English history and to the study of the medieval period that followed.

Topics Covered

During this course, you will:

  • explore this crucial period of English history, one often ignored by most school courses
  • understand the reasons behind the rise and the fall of the Anglo-Saxons
  • gain an insight into Anglo-Saxon life and culture, and the lives of two of their most famous kings: Alfred and Athelstan

By the end of this course, you 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

What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion

Syllabus

Tutorial 1: Who Were the Anglo-Saxons? (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will introduce students to the Anglo-Saxons. These were the settlers who made their way to Britain after the fall of the Roman Empire around AD 410 led by two Germanic brothers Hengist and Horsa. This tutorial discusses how the Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity in 597 and split what we now know as England into four kingdoms – Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia and Wessex.

Tutorial 2: King Alfred the Great (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial tells the story of the only English monarch known as ‘the Great’. It highlights how the four kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons broke down in face of fierce invaders from Denmark – the Vikings – and only one man was able to resist and lead his people to freedom. This was Alfred. But Alfred was more than just a military leader. His educational and social reforms created the outlines of the English nation.

Tutorial 3: Athelstan - the First King of England (1 - 1.5 hours)

Athelstan was King Alfred’s grandson. He inherited his grandfather’s determination to finally defeat the Viking invaders and finish his blueprint for England. Yet Athelstan has struggled to escape Alfred’s shadow. Rumours that he had his brother killed to secure his position indicates that kingship was a bloody and contingent concept in tenth-century England.

Tutorial 4: The End of the Anglo-Saxons (1 - 1.5 hours)

In 1066 the Norman Conquest shattered Anglo-Saxon society. This tutorial explores why the Norman Conquest was successful and how William was able to exploit the weaknesses of the Saxon kings. The second half of this tutorial will explore the myths and legends that grew up in subsequent generations and why, at the close of the eighteenth century, Thomas Jefferson wanted the Great Seal of the United States of America to include Hengist and Horsa.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for history, with particular reference to English history
This course would suit students studying towards A-level History or equivalent.

Course Level

For students applying to university to study history or related subjects

Difficulty

Moderate

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.

Fees

£29.99

Workload

4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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