The World of Anglo-Saxon England (500-1066)
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This course will explore the fascinating history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England through a study of its historical documents, literature, art history, and archaeology. Some of the topics that we will discuss include: early missionary activity and Christianization, the Venerable Bede and his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the role of women, monasticism, St. Cuthbert, Lindisfarne Island and the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Synod of Whitby, St. Hilda of Whitby, the Sutton Hoo ship burial, Staffordshire hoard, Trumpington excavation, Beowulf, King Alfred the Great, and the Viking invasions. It will conclude with a discussion of the events leading up to the Norman Conquest and one of the most famous medieval masterpieces, the Bayeux Tapestry.
Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg ’65 is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a PhD in medieval history. She teaches in the Liberal Arts and Applied Studies Department, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, and the Medieval Studies program. Her areas of specialization include medieval social and religious history, medieval women’s history, women saints, female monasticism, gender and sacred space, and medieval embroidery. She is the author of numerous studies on medieval women including her major work, Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 (University of Chicago Press, 1998, 2000). She is presently working on a book on gender and sacred space in the Middle Ages. Schulenburg is the recipient of a number of research fellowships and was recognized with the Lucia Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award, Lawrence University, 2001, the William A. Chaney Lectureship in the Humanities, Lawrence University, 2010, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Van Hise Teaching Award in 2013. Over the years, she has organized and led thirty-nine University of Wisconsin medieval study tours to Europe.