Description of the Course: By about 1400, England was well on its way to becoming a nation-that is to say a community of people who saw themselves as bound together by a distinct history, culture, and set of political institutions that made them unique. In large part, a common language, law, administration, faith, political system, and literature fostered this sense of "Englishness." Throughout the semester, we will investigate the often bloody process by which the English developed this common inheritance and became a single people. During the course, we will focus on the following questions. How did the relationship between those who fought, those who prayed, and those who worked change over time? To what extent did relationships (including those between Christian and pagan, peasant and lord, high and low culture, religious and secular, and king and country) in English history consist of an extended negotiation? To what extent was the development of English institutions and practices evolutionary or revolutionary?
Topics Covered Include: The Anglo-Saxons, the Norman Conquest of 1066, feudalism, the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
This course is taught by: Professor Hugh Dubrulle
Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
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