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Dr Susan Oosthuizen
Robert Hardy Building Lecture Hall, 28 February 2018
Wine reception from 5.30pm, Lecture from 6pm
‘Everybody knows’, so they say, that the origins of the English lie in the arrival of ‘the Anglo-Saxons’ in England between 400 and 600 AD. This lecture reconsiders that belief in three parts. First, it evaluates the strength of the evidence that underlies it; second, it explores long-term cultural continuities that link prehistoric Britain with the ninth century; and third, it takes the example of the East Anglian fenland, in the aftermath of the Roman empire, to discuss alternative explorations for English origins. ‘The Anglo-Saxons’, it concludes, are invisible in the rich and complex history of an ancient society collectively adapting and innovating through the period of Roman control and into the post-imperial decades, and evolving yet further to become ‘the English’ in the centuries that followed.
No booking required, first come first served. For more information contact Dr Duncan Wright on email@example.com.