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Philip Holdsworth (History – Middle Ages)

  • Archaeologist and historian from Wales specialising in the culture, history and art of the Early Middle Ages from the collapse of the Roman empire in Europe until the Norman invasion
  • Read Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at Cambridge
  • Career was spent running archaeological units and in university teaching
  • Retired as County archaeologist for Cumbria in 2002
  • Likes, where possible, to help students to engage with Primary sources
A certain book is often required for each respective course to fully benefit … see individual courses for details.
No prior reading is necessary to attend Philip’s courses as interaction with the text takes place during the course.



March 2021


Sunday March 21, 2021 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 23, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A legal system had to be accessed, guilt determined and penalties given. Law was made by royal pronouncement and by the written word and new laws had to be transmitted. We shall explore examples of how justice was viewed and applied. The book needed for this course (Laws of the Earliest English Kings) is included to take home. Philip Holdsworth (N. Wales www.highamhall.com/philip-holdsworth) Residential: £253 Non-residential: £184 (inc. book required for the course)

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