This course will explore the history of Medieval Britain, c. 500 to c. 1250, through the lens of contemporary narrative histories. Each week will highlight one medieval author who chose to narrate and interpret the history of Britain, and whose work exemplifies a medieval view of past and present. The class will be divided between lecture, which will contextualize each source and establish a narrative of important political, social, and cultural events, and class discussion of the highlighted text. Students will emerge with both a foundational historical narrative of medieval British history - including major touchstones such as the Anglo-Saxon Invasions, the Norman Conquest, and Magna Carta - and an understanding of how the British past was continually shaped, debated, analyzed, and used by the men and women who lived through it. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos Writing
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