Group Leaders: Alan & Susanna
Venue: The Swarthmore Centre, Mutley Plain
Day: 3rd Wednesday Time: 14:00

YEAR 2: The Anglo-Saxons 450 – 1066

Jul.18 KINGS & QUEENS OF THE LATER ANGLO-SAXONS

Queen Emma

The last session of our second year covers the final 70 years before the Norman invasion of 1066. Central to this story is Emma, Queen Consort of England, Denmark and Norway, an active player in the political scene herself, and wife first to Aethelred the Unready, then after his death to King Cnut, and mother to Edward the Confessor. But all the time, behind the scenes, the treacherous Earl Godwine, the Alistair Campbell of those times, was pulling the strings…..

Aug.15  No Meeting

YEAR 3: The Normans 1066 – 1154

Sep.19 THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

We begin our third year with a study of the origins and character of the Vikings in France, Southern Italy and Sicily and then review the back story leading to the Norman Conquest. Who were the main contenders for the throne of England when Edward the Confessor died in January 1066?

Oct.17 THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY

Nov.21 BEFORE THE BATTLE

Dec.19 No Meeting

Jan.16 THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS

Feb.20 WHAT WILLIAM DID NEXT

Mar.20 CASTLES & CATHEDRALS

Apr.17 DOMESDAY BOOK

May.15 ENGLAND AND THE CONTINENT

Jun.19 STEPHEN & MATILDA: CIVIL WARS

Jul.17 FROM NORMAN TO PLANTAGENET

YEAR 4: The House of Plantagenet 1154 – 1215

YEAR 5: Crown versus People (Part 1) 1215 – 1327

YEAR 6: Crown versus People (Part 2) 1327 – 1381

YEAR 7: The Waning of the Middle Ages 1381 – 1485