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Discover great royal dynasties; bloody wars, plague and famine; and the intense periods of political, economic and social upheaval that formed the backdrop to European History from the fall of Rome to the modern day. Our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors and offer the chance to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

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The Battle of Prestonpans

The Battle of Prestonpans, fought on 21 September 1745 was a significant tactical victory for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win perhaps gave the rebel forces a sense of over-confidence, as the tactical defeat of the British Government forces led to some significant changes in both training... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The Battle of Prestonpans, fought on 21 September 1745 was a significant tactical victory for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win perhaps

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04 Dec

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King Arthur: Fact or Fiction?

The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has developed through purely fictional accounts. Examine the development of the myth from its beginnings around 500AD, through the legend's resurgence in... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has

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20 Jan

The Battle of Culloden: 16 April 1746

The battle of Culloden, fought on 16 April 1746 was a significant defeat for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win by the British Government (Royalist) forces led to suppression of Highland culture and heralded the end of the clan system. We will also compare the two opposing commanders Charles... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The battle of Culloden, fought on 16 April 1746 was a significant defeat for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win by the British Government

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21 Jan

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Ireland Rising to Republic 1916-1948

The Easter Rising in 1916 sought to separate Ireland from Britain, while the ‘Ulster will be right’ campaign separated North from South. The Anglo-Irish War and the Treaty of 1921 divided Ireland geographically into a Free State and Northern Ireland. Free State protagonists plunged into civil war as the Dail set up the machinery of an Irish Free... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>The Easter Rising in 1916 sought to separate Ireland from Britain, while the ‘Ulster will be right’ campaign separated North from South. The Anglo-Irish War and the Treaty of 1921 divided Ireland

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27 Jan

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Rebuilding Two Europes: 1944-1956

In 1944, the Allies, with their military successes, began to plan for a post-war Europe. It was a momentous task and fraught with difficulty. There were both East/ West disagreements but also tensions between western states. This course examines the divided Europe that emerged from the ashes of a conflagration that killed 50 million civilians –... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>In 1944, the Allies, with their military successes, began to plan for a post-war Europe. It was a momentous task and fraught with difficulty. There were both East/ West disagreements but also

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29 Jan

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A History of Poland

Poland boasts a colourful history. Home to the first Christianised Slavic peoples. Once a powerful Kingdom stretching from “Sea to Sea”, Poland was carved up by the neighbouring powers and finally territorially shifted westwards. Present-day Poland is the third attempt at establishing a republic. Follow the twists and turns through a millennium of... [More]
$215 Limited / $193

<p>Poland boasts a colourful history. Home to the first Christianised Slavic peoples. Once a powerful Kingdom stretching from “Sea to Sea”, Poland was carved up by the neighbouring powers and finally

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01 Feb

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Operation Barbarossa 1941: The Goths Ride East

In 1941 Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR opening a third front in World War 11. The German war machine had been very successful in western Europe but not on the eastern front. The German high command seriously underestimated the resolve of the Russian people and the Russian army. Hitler failed in the same way as... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>In 1941 Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR opening a third front in World War 11. The German war machine had been very successful in western Europe but not on the

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08 Feb

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Tadeusz Kościuszko: The Peasant Prince

Forced to flee Poland after the unhappy end of an impossible love affair, Polish noble man Tadeusz Kościuszko sought his luck as a military engineer in the American War of Independence. Returning to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1784 Kościuszko got involved in the "Defense of the Constitution", culminating in an open revolt against foreign... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Forced to flee Poland after the unhappy end of an impossible love affair, Polish noble man Tadeusz Kościuszko sought his luck as a military engineer in the American War of Independence. Returning

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19 Feb

Royal Intrigues & Scandals in Enlightenment Sweden

Louisa Ulrika of Prussia was Queen of Sweden from 1751 to 1771, being the consort of King Adolf Frederick and was queen mother during the reign of King Gustav III. A strong and fascinating character, she was connected to many intrigues and scandals but also to some amazing leading Enlightenment ideas in the education of her children and in the... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Louisa Ulrika of Prussia was Queen of Sweden from 1751 to 1771, being the consort of King Adolf Frederick and was queen mother during the reign of King Gustav III. A strong and fascinating

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26 Feb

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The Mysterious Life of Rudolf Hess

Hess became Hitler’s friend and confidant after the 1923 Munich Putsch attempt; scribing Mein Kampf in the Landsberg prison and becoming Deputy Nazi Party Leader in 1933. In May 1941 he embarked on a secret ‘peace’ mission which shocked the world, when he flew at night to Scotland, and parachuted into a field. Staying in British custody until the... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Hess became Hitler’s friend and confidant after the 1923 Munich Putsch attempt; scribing Mein Kampf in the Landsberg prison and becoming Deputy Nazi Party Leader in 1933. In May 1941 he embarked on

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04 Mar

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