The Vikings In Britain
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe purpose of this module is to allow students to engage with one of the most remarkable episodes in British medieval history. Viking raids on Britain began in the late eighth century, and escalated in scale and intensity during the early ninth. As the number and size of Viking armies increased, their tactics and objectives evolved, so that at different times in different places, they began to set their sights on political conquest and settlement, often with astonishing success. During the course of the ninth century, several kingdoms fell, several more were profoundly affected, and a significant part of the land mass of Britain became occupied by Scandinavians, During the tenth century in England, ?Danelaw? was conquered by a regime which rebranded itself as ?English? and the resulting polity as England; but in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries, a Danish army conquered England in 1016 and ruled the kingdom for 26 years. This module will provide students with a broad overview of the Viking Age in Britain, and allow them to enable to engage with some of the most pressing and arresting questions in a fast-moving field. What circumstances made the Viking Age possible? What was the nature and scale of Viking activity in Britain? How can we know, and why do these basic questions remain controversial? What impact did the Vikings and the indigenous populations of Britain have upon one another? The module will naturally cover the military and political dimension to the period, but it will also have a strong social and cultural focus, allowing students to examine various points of contact and exchange ? through settlement, religion, trade, language, art and so on ? to explore how the Vikings and indigenous populations of Britain interacted with one another. Students will be expected to engage directly with a wide variety of primary source material, both documentary and archaeological, as well as with a vibrant secondary literature.http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/modules/level5/5AAH1011.aspx
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