History GCSE: Saxon Law - Courts
The organisation of Anglo-Saxon society into shires and hundreds is explained using the example of a shire court at Scutchhamer Knob in Berkshire
Early trials were based on oaths.
The lawyer Harry Potter discusses why oaths were effective in a religious society.
This short film is from the BBC series, The Strange Case of the Law.
Students could identify key words while watching this short film.
They could discuss the effectiveness of oaths.
How are oaths used in society today?
Why were prominent locations in the landscape chosen for the sites of courts?
Where would you set up a court in your area?
This short film will be relevant for teaching GCSE history and social studies. This topic appears in OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.