From the reign of King Egbert in the early ninth century, Wessex slowly emerged as the dominant kingdom in Anglo-Saxon England. Egbert’s direct descendant, Alfred the Great, saved Wessex from Viking attack and invasion and through far-sighted reforms provided his descendants with a foundation from which England would be unified. With reference to sources of the period, we will look at the achievements of the House of Wessex and the society and culture of Anglo-Saxon England which emerged. The course includes a visit to a place of interest related to this period. All-comers welcome.