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European History

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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Writing after Auschwitz: Nazism and the Holocaust in Post-War German Literature

After the Second World War, German literature has constantly been affected by its controversial past. The impact of the Nazi regime, and of the Holocaust, and their ethical, political and aesthetic implications, have concerned not only the writers of the first generation, who directly experienced those years, but also the authors of the following... [More]
$222 Limited / $200

<p>After the Second World War, German literature has constantly been affected by its controversial past. The impact of the Nazi regime, and of the Holocaust, and their ethical, political and aesthetic

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16 Aug

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The Venetian Republic

Travellers in many parts of the eastern Mediterranean often come across the relics of the Venetian Republic in the form of giant brick walls which are still largely intact, despite repeated attacks and the depredations of people stealing the bricks to build their own houses and fences. This course tells the story of eight centuries of troubled... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Travellers in many parts of the eastern Mediterranean often come across the relics of the Venetian Republic in the form of giant brick walls which are still largely intact, despite repeated attacks

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16 Aug

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Malta - The Middle of the World

Malta (and Gozzo) is the middle of the world in the “middle of the world”, the Mediterranean, and so has been seized by every Mediterranean power - Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Knights of St John, French, British - each one adding a layer, so that Malta today is a rich mix of cultures. Join us to travel through time telling the amazing stories of... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>Malta (and Gozzo) is the middle of the world in the “middle of the world”, the Mediterranean, and so has been seized by every Mediterranean power - Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Knights of St John,

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14 Sep

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Doing it in the Middle Ages: Sex and Pleasure

Did pornography exist in the Middle Ages? What about erotic fiction? How did people learn about sex, pleasure and reproductive health in fourteenth-century England? Answering these questions and more, this 2-hour evening seminar gives an overview of fourteenth-century depictions of sexual intercourse, focusing on prominent medical and religious... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Did pornography exist in the Middle Ages? What about erotic fiction? How did people learn about sex, pleasure and reproductive health in fourteenth-century England? Answering these questions and

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11 Oct

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Shakespeare's London

With its noisy, teeming streets, Shakespeare arrived from Stratford some time before 1590. By 1594 he was established as an actor and playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.We walk the streets and visit Shakespeare’s sites. SUGGESTED READING Shakespeare – Peter Ackroyd 1599 – James Shapiro, Faber and Faber, 2005 1606 – James... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>With its noisy, teeming streets, Shakespeare arrived from Stratford some time before 1590. By 1594 he was established as an actor and playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.We

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25 Oct

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The Irish Rebellion of 1798: Ireland, Empire and Australia

The most significant Irish uprising for 200 years had Imperial implications as well as Australian outcomes. It set patterns of policy, organisation and execution that transcended Irish class, religious and regional differences and forged the brand of nationalism that inspired later rebellions rather than arms. SUGGESTED READING Thomas Pakenham, The... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>The most significant Irish uprising for 200 years had Imperial implications as well as Australian outcomes. It set patterns of policy, organisation and execution that transcended Irish class,

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22 Nov

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The Last Imperial Family of Russia: Villains, Victims or Saints

The official view of the Last Imperial Family of Russia has changed dramatically during the last few decades. Previously vilified, they are now viewed as martyrs and ‘Passion-bearers’, as victims of the disastrous circumstances in Russia at the end of World War I. We look at the family within the context of their daily life and physical environment... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>The official view of the Last Imperial Family of Russia has changed dramatically during the last few decades. Previously vilified, they are now viewed as martyrs and ‘Passion-bearers’, as victims

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29 Nov

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In Search of Alfred the Great: The Warrior King 871-899 AD

Alfred the Great has been described as the first king of the English as a result of his significant victory against “The Great Heathen Viking Army” at the Battle of Edington in 878. Wessex was the only Anglo Saxon kingdom to withstand the Viking onslaughts of the 9th century. Alfred is the only king in English history to be called “The Great”. The... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Alfred the Great has been described as the first king of the English as a result of his significant victory against “The Great Heathen Viking Army” at the Battle of Edington in 878. Wessex was the

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13 Dec

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Medieval and Early Modern Ireland: High Kingship to Tudor Kingdom 600 to 1600

The assimilation of the Celtic and Christian cultures, begun by 600 AD, became irrevocable by 1600. High Kings were central to Celtic Christian Ireland’s sense of itself for 700 years until thwarted by Norman invasions around 1170. A social balance was re-established between Gaelic and English cultures and communities but the Tudor demand for... [More]

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British Prime Ministers Who Made History

Explore the lives and times of six influential British Prime Ministers, from the Second World War to the present day. We start with Winston Churchill’s decisive leadership at a time of national crisis during World War II – before moving onto the Attlee’s ground-breaking post 1945 Labour Government, Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.... [More]
$38 Limited / $34

<p>Explore the lives and times of six influential British Prime Ministers, from the Second World War to the present day. We start with Winston Churchill’s decisive leadership at a time of national

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08 Aug
$38 Limited / $34

<p>Explore the lives and times of six influential British Prime Ministers, from the Second World War to the present day. We start with Winston Churchill’s decisive leadership at a time of national

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15 Aug
$38 Limited / $34

<p>Explore the lives and times of six influential British Prime Ministers, from the Second World War to the present day. We start with Winston Churchill’s decisive leadership at a time of national

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22 Aug
$38 Limited / $34

<p>Explore the lives and times of six influential British Prime Ministers, from the Second World War to the present day. We start with Winston Churchill’s decisive leadership at a time of national

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29 Aug

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