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

Harald_Hardrada King of Norway

Edgar the aetheling, son of Edward the exile

Harold Godwinson

 

William the Conqueror

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

The Bayeux Tapestry is a key source of information for historians and over the next three sessions we will be telling the story using step by step images of this important tapestry.

Nov.21 BEFORE THE BATTLE

What was happening during the final months of 1065 and how did events unfold in the first 9 months of 1066. Using the Bayeux Tapestry, the Anglo Saxon Chronicles and the Vita Edwardi as our key sources, we review William’s preparations in Normandy and Harold’s battles against his brother Tosti and the Norwegian king Harald Hardrada.

Dec.19 No Meeting

Jan.16 THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS

It should have been a clear cut victory for Harold so what went wrong. In this session we will tell the story of the battle and the tactics that enabled William to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. 

Feb.20 WHAT WILLIAM DID NEXT

William may have been victorious at Hastings but the Anglo Saxons had not given up. Mercia and Nothumbria supported Edgar the Aethling and a massacre of a Norman garrison in York led to “The Harrowing of the North”. 

Mar.20 CASTLES & CATHEDRALS

Apr.17 DOMESDAY BOOK

May.15 ENGLAND AND THE CONTINENT

Jun.19 STEPHEN & MATILDA: CIVIL WARS

When Henry I died he left a daughter, Matilda. Earlier in his reign, Henry had indicated that the succession should pass to Matilda and, ultimately to his grandson, Henry. But Henry I’s premature death and the lack of enthusiasm in parts of the country for Matilda to succeed provided Henry’s nephew, Stephen, with an opportunity. It led to one of the darkest periods of English history.

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