Course - The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages

Durham University International Summer School

Program Description

Course - The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages

Durham University International Summer School

During this multi-disciplinary Summer School course designed by our Department of Archaeology and Durham Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, students will spend the initial two weeks:

  • participating in a suite of major archaeological projects focused on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain playing a full part in the excavations and building recording gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice
  • receiving on-site seminars and workshops with expert visitors exploring matters of cutting edge concern in archaeology and cultural history
  • gaining a full understanding of the archaeology of the transformation of the military frontier of Roman Britain including Hadrian’s Wall in the early medieval and modern eras and a wider appreciation of the archaeology and history of Northern England

The second two weeks of the Summer School course focus on Medieval theory modules with experts from the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies focussing on the following topics:

Saints, Scholars and Vikings: the Northern World in the Early Middle Ages 'From the fear of the Northmen, dear Lord deliver us': so runs the prayer from northern England faced with the terror of Viking raids from the 8th century to the middle of the eleventh century. The Vikings encountered a northern world rich in material and cultural life, glorying still in the golden age of Northumbrian power from the previous century and the age of saint so memorably chronicled by Bede. How these world collided, the consequences of these encounters and the changing shape of the communities which inhabited this region will all be explored.

Land of the Prince-Bishops: Culture and Conquest in the High Middle Ages 'Half church of God, half tower against the Scots': so Walter Scott characterised the imposing mass of Durham Cathedral. At the apogee of their power in the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries the Prince-Bishops of Durham wielded power both worldly and spiritual, and were one of the major forces defining, governing and dominating the north, but with influence well beyond. This module will examine the sources and circumstances of that power, looking at the re-foundation of Durham Cathedral, the life and influence of its community, individual bishops from the lascivious Flambard to the warrior Hatfield, and the mechanisms of power: castles, economic life and political intrigue.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 7, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2016
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
2,800 GBP
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Deadline
Start date July 2016
Place
United Kingdom Durham, England
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Duration 1 year
Price 2,800 GBP
Tuition, accommodation, meals, full social programme including a weekend visit to London