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.

  1. 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

  2. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a 'golden age'? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many, and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  3. Aethelflaed of Mercia and the making of England 870-918

    Course Date: Mon 13 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Aethelflaed of Mercia (d. 918), daughter of Alfred the Great, led armies against the Vikings and played a significant role in the eventual formation of England. Despite her achievements, little is known of her. In this anniversary year of her death, we celebrate her life. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. Food and drink in the ancient world

    Course Date: Wed 15 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the culinary world of the Mesopotamians, Egyptian pharoahs and the ancient Greeks; discover what is needed to ensure a successful Roman orgy. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  5. Food and drink in the medieval world

    Course Date: Fri 17 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Archaeology, household accounts and recipe books from the 14th century allow us to visualise the medieval diet of men and women from all levels of society. We can read menus used at coronation banquets and view food illustrations in manuscripts. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

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