One of the consequences of the recent adjustment to the National Curriculum in England is the welcome return of the Norman Conquest to school classrooms at GCSE. I’ve been running a course on 1066 for second-year undergraduate students at Sheffield since 2011 (with invaluable assistance from a couple of colleagues), and a few teachers have therefore been in touch for advice on what to read.
So I thought I’d make my course bibliographies available in case they’re of any use: one on primary sources (with recommended contextual reading for each major source) and one on secondary sources.
A couple of caveats:
- these are bibliographies for an 11-week course, with a clear methodological focus on the sources for the Norman Conquest of England, its background, its course and its impact. That means lots of terrific work on late Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Anglo-Norman topics not directly relatable to the Conquest isn’t featured
- they’re English-language only
- they assume access to the University of Sheffield’s library (and its electronic resources)
- I last taught the course in autumn 2017, so the bibliographies in essence date to then, with a few new items added ad hoc and through recommendations.
If you spot any glaring omissions within the remit of the course’s focus on the Conquest, or have suggestions, please do let me know!