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William I and the Succession, 1051-1106

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews) explores the issue of William I and the succession. In the first module, we provide an introduction to the issue of succession whilst also laying the foundation for looking at the problems surrounding William I’s succession in particular. In the second module, we take a look at the first challenge made towards William I’s rule by one of his potential successors, namely Robert Curthose’s rebellion of 1078. In the third module, we turn to look at the death of William I and the events that followed in 1088, before in the fourth module surveying the divided realm that came into being after his passing. In the fifth module, we pay particular attention to the year 1100 and its significance as a turning point in events relating to the succession. In the sixth and final module, we then come full circle and look at the means by which England and Normandy were once again reunited.

About the Lecturer

Professor Robert Bartlett is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of St Andrews. He is a leading medievalist of English history and is particularly known for his work The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350 (1993) which won the Wolfson History Prize in 1993. He specialises in studies of medieval frontiers and the cult of saints. Some of his best-known publications include, The Middle Ages and the Movies: Eight Key Films (2022), Blood Royal: Dynastic Politics in Medieval Europe (2020), and England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings (2000).