Section Information for Spring 2017
In this course we will consider the political, cultural, and religious history of England from the end of Roman control in the fifth century to the Norman conquest of the eleventh. Our primary aim is to think through essential moments in the early kingdoms of England both for their own unique characteristics and as examples of wider trends in the post-Roman history of Western Europe. Topics to be addressed include: the changing nature of kingship and rule; the spread of Christianity; interaction between England and its Celtic neighbors to the north and west and its continental connections with the Frankish kingdoms and the papacy; the impact of the Viking age and the eventual formation of a single English kingdom; the Normans of 1066 and their new kingdom. And perhaps most importantly for such a course in the graduate program at GMU, we will pay careful attention to the relationship (real and alleged) of modern English and American political and legal institutions to the Anglo-Saxon past.
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Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible.
May be repeated for credit when topic is different.