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Castle Hill in the First Millennium

Castle Hill in the First Millennium - a video from the Futurelearn course Lancaster Castle and Northern English History - the view from the stronghold

This week we’ll be exploring the early history of Castle Hill in the first millennium. Along the way, we’ll encounter the varied categories of source material that can be used to shed light on earlier periods of history.

First, we’ll consider the Roman forts that preceded the castle, and investigate how their history related to wider developments in Roman Britain. Then, we’ll encounter the challenge of understanding the fascinating but mysterious early medieval period, with particular reference to Castle Hill and the surrounding region.

Castle Hill in the First Millennium

Watch this short video, which ranges from the first Roman fort on the site to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It is presented by Dr Fiona Edmonds, a specialist in early medieval history, and also features Professor David Shotter, an expert in Roman history and archaeology.

As you watch, you may find it useful to consider these questions:

  • Why was Castle Hill such a strategically important location?
  • What was the relationship between the Roman fort on Castle Hill and other Roman sites in the northern frontier zone?
  • What did the end of Roman Britain mean for the inhabitants of Lancaster and the surrounding area?

When you have watched the video, you may wish to share your thoughts with others by starting or joining a conversation.

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Lancaster Castle and Northern English History: The View from the Stronghold

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