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ARCH3043 Later Anglo-Saxon England

Module Overview

This module examines the major social, economic and cultural developments that took place in England during the period between c. 800 and c. 1100 AD. It makes use of evidence from diverse disciplines, including the study of documentary, archaeological, architectural and numismatic sources. The module examines the unification of England and the creation of a sophisticated governmental structure based upon a social hierarchy that was increasingly formalised. It considers the developments that took place in towns, the Church and rural settlement in response to the new conditions. External factors such as viking raids and migration will also be taken into account.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• examine the complex factors involved in the social, political, religious and economic changes in England between c. 800 and c. 1100 AD. • analyse diverse forms of evidence, including archaeological, documentary, architectural and numismatic sources, and critically assess the strengths and problems associated with these.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate through oral and written modes
  • manage your time effectively
  • complete structured writing of assignments of different lengths
  • evaluate published arguments relevant to a specific question
  • write critically and coherently within a time constraint.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding of a complex period
  • show awareness of the principal artefacts, sites and other types of evidence relating to the period
  • appreciate interrelationships of written and physical evidence
  • discuss the implications of the information and insights that you have gained.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse diverse types of data
  • evaluate the particular uses and problems of different sorts of evidence
  • debate key issues relating to the period of study.


Subjects to be considered may include (this is an indicative list only and may vary from year to year): • the nature of the sources • burhs and the Burghal Hidage • coins and mints • Scandinavian influences • reform of the Church • Domesday Book • rural and urban developments • economic aspects such as trade and crafts • castles, residences, houses • social stratification and lordship.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Classes/Seminars Learning activities include • Lectures • Classes/Seminars • Independent study

Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Follow-up work20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Crawford, S (2009). Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England. 

Hinton, D.A (2005). Gold and Gilt, Pots and Pins: Possessions and People in Medieval Britain. 

Webster, L (2012). Anglo-Saxon Art. 

Fleming, R (2010). Britain after Rome. 

Richards, J (1991). Viking Age England. 

Keynes, S., and Lapidge, M (1983). Alfred the Great. 

Hooke, D (1998). The Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England. 

Higham, N., and Ryan, M. J. (2013). The Anglo-Saxon World. 

Hamerow, H. et al (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. 

Hill, D (1981). An Atlas of Anglo-Saxon England. 

Lavelle, R (2010). Alfred’s Wars. Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age. 

Reynolds, A (1999). Later Anglo-Saxon England. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 50%
Source commentaries  (800 words) 25%
Source commentaries  (800 words) 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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