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England and the North Sea Region, from the 5th century to ca. A.D. 830 - 40 credits (HST597)

The most profound, long-term change in culture and identity following the demise of Roman imperial rule in the West took place in Britain, where a new people and set of polities that became known as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms emerged. This module will explore the known circumstances and history of this development, with particular emphasis on interpreting the archaeological evidence which offers a rich and diverse, direct insight into the period in light of sometimes conflicting textual and linguistic sources and perspectives. A vital feature is the importance of reference to the relations between England and sub-Roman and Germanic areas across the Channel and the North Sea in the Continent and Scandinavia.