Anglo-Norman Kings and Castles
with Dr Sam Newton
at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
We begin with a survey of fortified centres of authority before the Norman conquest and consider their relation to what became known as ‘castles’. We shall then follow the building of Norman castles across the landscape and examine some specific examples in East Anglia and elsewhere. After lunch we shall look at the troubled reign of King Stephen [1135-1154] and reassess the famous description of castle-building in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Peterborough manuscript, entry for the year 1137) that
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||Fortified Centres of Authority in England|
|11.30||Castles of the Conquest|
|14:00||The War of the Two Matildas|
|15:15||The Saga of Earl Hugh Bigod, Lord of Framlingham|
Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. Since then he has worked as an independent scholar in Early Medieval Studies. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is also now a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.
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Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
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