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. Whores, lepers and heretics: minority groups in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature before 1500CE.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Early medieval Spain: 700 - 1300

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain the fall of Roman and Visigothic Spain, the legacy of the Muslim period in Spanish history and the gradual process by which Christians re-occupied most of the peninsula. It will compare the mythology of the ‘Re-Conquest’ and ‘El Cid’ with the reality and also consider how the newly established Christian kingdoms drew on their Roman, Visigothic and Muslim predecessors. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural life of Merovingian & Carolingian Gaul. Authors covered include Gregory of Tours, Fredegar and Notker the Stammerer. In this interactive lecture-based course, we will examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Late medieval Spain: 1300 - 1500

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    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 14th 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. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  5. Continuity and change in medieval Jerusalem

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a selection of primary sources, this interactive lecture-based course will examine the history of 12th century Jerusalem: its sensational and bloody fall to the army of the First Crusade in 1099; its Christian transformation under the Crusader kings; its conquest under Saladin in 1187, and the changes that were then made to the city and the life of its people. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Early modern Spain: 1500 - 1850

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to cover the expansion of the Spanish empire, the period of Habsburg Spain including the Armada, culminating in the war of Spanish succession, which led to the united kingdom of Spain under the Bourbons; the decline of Spain, the Napoleonic period and beyond. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Queens of the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Apart from bearing sons, what else did queens do? If there were no male heirs, were women merely conduits by which a crown was passed to a husband, or could she expect to wield power? We consider these questions and more in a study of the careers of the Empress Matilda and Melisende of Jerusalem. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Whores, saints and beauty queens: images of the Byzantine empress

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this day course, you'll be introduced to a range of powerful women from Theodora the circus acrobat who had an affinity with geese to the beauty queen Irene who murdered her son to gain power and sainthood. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. 'The importance of being Albert': the life and legacy of the Prince Consort

    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Marking the bicentenary of Prince Albert’s birth, the course outlines his life, the issues he championed including his involvement in the Great Exhibition. Also considered are controversies he generated and the consequences of his death.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  10. Britain and the swinging sixties?

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the decade 1960-69 from several different angles and discus the political, social, cultural and scientific changes that took place during the decade. Can we call this decade the ‘swinging sixties’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  11. Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Crime and punishment during the Middle Ages. Using medieval London records, we explore how municipal authorities dealt with a range of offenders from murderers to cross-dressing prostitutes.

    Tutor Bio: Vanessa King is a medieval historian and has taught history and history of art for Birkbeck and

    Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London since 1999. She also teaches for the WEA and the Mary Ward Centre.

    Vanessa has published several articles focussing on Domesday Studies and more recently on the impact of the

    Black Death on fourteenth century England. She is currently engaged in writing a book on medieval queenship. Tutor: Vanessa King

    Tutor Bio: Vanessa King is a medieval historian and has taught history and history of art for Birkbeck and

    Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London since 1999. She also teaches for the WEA and the Mary Ward Centre.

    Vanessa has published several articles focussing on Domesday Studies and more recently on the impact of the

    Black Death on fourteenth century England. She is currently engaged in writing a book on medieval queenship.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

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