Medieval and early modern history

From the years after the fall of the Roman Empire, through to the calling of a Christian Holy War and the military expeditions that followed, right up to the French revolution in 1789.

This vast period of history now bears closer examination, especially due to the current surge of religious fundamentalism. Discover the Crusades, radical revolt, historical literature and other topics that still have tremendous impact upon our society.

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  1. Anglo-Saxon literature in translation

    Course Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Anglo-Saxons wrote some outstanding poetry: much of it is exciting, inspiring, and dramatic. This course gives an opportunity to read, interpret, and discuss a selection of this literature, from sections from 'Beowulf', to the Anglo-Saxon 'Genesis' and the 'Battle of Maldon'. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Celtic realms

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this new and fully-illustrated course we explore the origins and development of Celtic culture in the British Isles and Ireland from antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We will cover art, architecture, and literature. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Early medieval England 500-1066

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a straightforward introduction to Anglo-Saxon England. We begin with the decline of Roman rule and the turbulent migration period. We discuss religious and political change; life in towns and countryside; the way trade worked. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. England 1066 - 1272: Normans and Angevins

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This new course examines the impact of the Normans and Angevins on the people and landscapes of Britain and Normandy. Each session makes extensive use of primary source material and is engagingly illustrated with slides. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Fact and fiction: the history behind Wolf Hall

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More. Explore the personal and political lives of the real historical figures brought vividly to life in Hilary Mantel’s fiction. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Fifteenth century Europe

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will chart the emergence of France after Agincourt and closer to home look at the cause and effect of the Wars of the Roses. This was an age of exploration which saw the emergence of European slave trading with Africa. 1492 was a momentous year not just for the discovery of America but the unification of Spain. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. History of food and drink in the ancient and medieval world

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eat your way through 3000 years of history! Prepare and share a dish fit for Pharaohs, Greek heroes, Roman matriarchs and medieval monarchs. Learn how to ensure a successful Roman orgy and cope with impromptu guests such as Attila the Hun. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Life and times of James II / VII

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Medieval pilgrims and pilgrimages: finding the pearl

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Pilgrimage was a vital part of medieval European cultural and religious life. Pilgrimages were undertaken by people of all social classes for many reasons. This engagingly illustrated course examines why people became pilgrims and what happened to them. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Medieval science and medicine

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the complaints people suffered, from late antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We investigate how cures were obtained through diet, bloodletting, purgation, medicine and prayer, often in accordance with the treatments of Galen and other authorities. Tutor: Micahel Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Medieval Spain

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula. It charts the dramatic social changes of the fourteenth century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises. At the same time, it studies the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom, the precursor to the Empire.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. The calamitous 14th century

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Europe was devastated first by the Great Famine of 1315-22 and then the pandemic known as the Black Death which killed around 55% of the world’s population. The Hundred Years’ War dominated French and English politics and yet this period was also known as the Age of Chivalry. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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