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Old February 20th, 2018, 10:01 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I I am a mature undergrade (39) and am in my second year of a part time honours degree in history with the Open university in the U.K. The modules that we have to take are focused on early modern history or modern history. These don't fall under my main sphere of interest but I can cope with this, as I know the skills I will learn will be interchangable at a latter date, and to be able to study any history even at this level was always thought of as a dream so to be doing so I still pinch myself at times.

My main areas of interest are late Anglo-Saxon England, Norman and Angevin Influence and the Reconquista in Spain and hope to eventually to go on and do a Masters in Medieval history.

I am looking at trying to supplement my 'official' studies by reading as much as possible in these areas. Also I am going to try and self teach myself at least basic Latin, and maybe throw in some Old English, French and Spanish. My question is can anyone recommend anything else in particular to try and get myself ahead for when it comes to moving on to the Masters hopefully in 4 years time.

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Hi everyone,

I I am a mature undergrade (39) and am in my second year of a part time honours degree in history with the Open university in the U.K. The modules that we have to take are focused on early modern history or modern history. These don't fall under my main sphere of interest but I can cope with this, as I know the skills I will learn will be interchangable at a latter date, and to be able to study any history even at this level was always thought of as a dream so to be doing so I still pinch myself at times.

My main areas of interest are late Anglo-Saxon England, Norman and Angevin Influence and the Reconquista in Spain and hope to eventually to go on and do a Masters in Medieval history.

I am looking at trying to supplement my 'official' studies by reading as much as possible in these areas. Also I am going to try and self teach myself at least basic Latin, and maybe throw in some Old English, French and Spanish. My question is can anyone recommend anything else in particular to try and get myself ahead for when it comes to moving on to the Masters hopefully in 4 years time.
Some years ago I made a couple of “disciplines”/“modules” in the “Universidade Aberta” (literally Open University) that is the Portuguese equivalent (UAb Portal)

About the themes that you mentioned, I can say that there are some interesting resources online about the Reconquista at LIBRO (Library of Iberian Resources Online): https://libro.uca.edu/

And Paul Halsall has an excellent project, already a classic, the “Internet History Sourcebooks Project”: https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/, quite diversified for the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern periods, also with some documentation interesting for the Reconquista.

For the Medieval period the knowledge of Palaeography and Diplomatics is quite important because it allows you to read directly from the primary sources (with the Latin, or other the respective language) and sometimes quite neglected.
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Old February 23rd, 2018, 07:05 AM   #3
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Hello Tulius, thank you for the reply. I have seen Internet History Sourcebooks project, but not the LIBRO one. So will defiantly check that out.
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