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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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Beyond Dante's Inferno: Discovering Purgatorio

If it is true that Italian comes from Dante as much as English from the plays of Shakespeare and the 1611 King James Bible, there is no better work to get acquainted to Italian culture than Dante’s Divine Comedy, which has the advantage of presenting itself as an encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages and providing its readership with the most... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>If it is true that Italian comes from Dante as much as English from the plays of Shakespeare and the 1611 King James Bible, there is no better work to get acquainted to Italian culture than Dante’s

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21 Sep

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The Spartan Mirage & Greek Ultra-Nationalism (1936-2020)

The fantasy of ancient Sparta has been appropriated by a number of ultra-right movements and politicians over the past century. They include Hitler's Nazis and as well as recent neo-Nazis. We examine this phenomenon in Greece in the 1930s, 1960s and over the past three decades culminating in Golden Dawn sending democratically elected Deputies to... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>The fantasy of ancient Sparta has been appropriated by a number of ultra-right movements and politicians over the past century. They include Hitler's Nazis and as well as recent neo-Nazis. We

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02 Oct

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The Extraordinary Life of Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe's story opens a window into late medieval English life from the point of view of a woman of independent means. She was married, a marriage that produced 14 children, but made the decision to devote her life to God by the undertaking of pilgrimages. She undertook the major pilgrimages of her day – to Canterbury, the Camino, Rome and... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Margery Kempe's story opens a window into late medieval English life from the point of view of a woman of independent means. She was married, a marriage that produced 14 children, but made the

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08 Oct

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Caliphate of Córdoba: 700 Years of Muslim Rule in Spain

During the period of Muslim rule (711-1236), Córdoba rose to one of the world's major political, financial and cultural centres. At its height, the Caliphate of Córdoba covered almost all of the Iberian Peninsula, before disintegrating into many smaller kingdoms following infighting. This course will shed some light on 500 years of Córdoba's... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>During the period of Muslim rule (711-1236), Córdoba rose to one of the world's major political, financial and cultural centres. At its height, the Caliphate of Córdoba covered almost all of the

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11 Oct
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Europe's Biggest Disaster: The Thirty Years War (1618-48)

In terms of absolute casualty numbers the Thirty Years War can, of course, not be compared to the two World Wars of the 20th century. But in relation to the population of the times, it can arguably be classed as the biggest disaster the continent has ever seen, with far reaching political, economic and individual consequences impacting on several... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>In terms of absolute casualty numbers the Thirty Years War can, of course, not be compared to the two World Wars of the 20th century. But in relation to the population of the times, it can arguably

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12 Oct
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The Chernobyl Disaster: 35 Years On

26 April 2021 was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is still considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. It destroyed the nuclear power industry's claims to be modern, clean and safe. Mikhail Gorbachev later credited the incident with initiating the fall of the... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>26 April 2021 was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is still considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. It

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01 Nov
$39 Limited

<p>26 April 2021 was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is still considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. It

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01 Nov

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Confronting Images Throughout History

Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination and violence of repressive and autocratic regimes. However we also see the disturbing images appear in western liberal democracies as well. The imagery... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination

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15 Nov

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Georgian England and The Age of Gin

Lecture looks 18th century London and the history of Gin from its emergence in 1690 as a cheap alternative to beer so that it became the addiction of the London poor and gave rise to the Gin Age. The Age saw the emergence of gin shops, rocketing gin consumption, the increase in crime and social decay among the poor and Parliaments repeated failures... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Lecture looks 18th century London and the history of Gin from its emergence in 1690 as a cheap alternative to beer so that it became the addiction of the London poor and gave rise to the Gin Age.

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03 Dec

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The Masterpieces that Napoleon Stole – Where Are They Now?

Napoloeon died on 5 May 1821, and a current major Exhibition in Paris marks this 200 year Anniversary. One of the themes explored is his cultural legacy to France, including the Masterpieces of art that Napoleon stole as war booty in during his campaigns. In 1798, art recently looted from Italy was flaunted in the streets of Paris. Where is that... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Napoloeon died on 5 May 1821, and a current major Exhibition in Paris marks this 200 year Anniversary. One of the themes explored is his cultural legacy to France, including the Masterpieces of art

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03 Dec

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Nobel Prize Winners: Albert Einstein (1921) & Willy Brandt (1971)

125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50 years ago, in 1971, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was the then German Chancellor Willy Brandt for his efforts to normalise relations between West Germany... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50

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10 Dec
$39 Limited

<p>125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50

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10 Dec

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