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Understand the role of the native Celts in the formation of Britain, and the impact of invading cultures on them.
Be aware of the main source material available for the historical interpretation of early Britain.
Gain some knowledge of medieval Welsh literature in the light of social and historical forces which shaped it, as well as appreciating what it has to say to modern readers.
Part 1 : Roman Britain
Introduction: Who were the Celts?
Late Prehistoric Britain
The Classical Sources
Late Antiquity in Britain
Part 2: Early Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Britain
After Rome – Independent Britain
The Arrival of the Saxons
The Story of Arthur
Kings and Kingdoms – The Successor States in the North
Kings and Kingdoms – The Successor States in the South-West
The Britons and their Church
A “Celtic” Church or a “Roman” Church?
The Britons divided
Part 3: Early Welsh language and literature
The peoples and languages of early Britain I
The peoples and languages of early Britain II
The written culture of medieval Wales
Early Welsh law
Taliesin and Aneirin
Saga poetry and later development in poesy
The Four Branches of the Mabinogi
Easter Monday – No lecture or tutorial
Culhwch ac Olwen and other prose narratives
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
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|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Tutorial preparation and contribution, and one 100-word learning journal on Brightspace each week||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: A document analysis related to the second part of this module||Week 10||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: An essay of 1,500 - 2,000 words long related to the third part of the module.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: short literature review essay on key scholarly work related to the first part of the module.||Week 6||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Oral or written/annotated feedback which can be face-to-face, on Brightspace or by email.
|Allison Galbari||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Nathan Millin||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Fangzhe Qiu||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Mon 13:00 - 13:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 13:00 - 13:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 10:00 - 10:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 2||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 12:00 - 12:50|