Private Lives: Six Medieval People WEA Sydney

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The lives of six extraordinary people from the Medieval period are studied in this course, looking at their fascinating life-stories, and the times and societies in which they lived. People studied are: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II’s tough and controversial queen; Abbot Sugar of Saint-Denis, founder of the gothic style of architecture; Peter Abeldard, the monk famed for his disastrous love affair with the beautiful nun, Heloise; Joan of Arc; Emperor Frederick II of Germany; and Richard III, whose life is re-examined looking at evidence which suggests that he was not a murderous tyrant but a victim of a vicious propaganda campaign.

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Carole Cusack

Course Code: D17

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 6 units / $78 per person



Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.