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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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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

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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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]
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<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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History of The English Language

The history of the English language is a long and tortured tale. From its beginnings as a transported mongrel Germanic potpourri of dialects, through to its domination of the world as the predominant language of the 21st century, it has survived against all odds and flourished beyond all expectations. In this course we will track these up and downs... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The history of the English language is a long and tortured tale. From its beginnings as a transported mongrel Germanic potpourri of dialects, through to its domination of the world as the

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07 Mar

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Celebrating 200 Years – Modern Greek History

It is 2021, and Greece celebrates 200 years since the struggle for independence to free her from Ottoman rule, began. The struggle for independence and democracy has been tumultuous and bloodied, and arguably at times she has enjoyed surprisingly little of either. Coups, territorial expansion, refugees, plots and counter plots, fascism, foreign... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>It is 2021, and Greece celebrates 200 years since the struggle for independence to free her from Ottoman rule, began. The struggle for independence and democracy has been tumultuous and bloodied,

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13 Mar

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The Eton Tie: One School, 20 Prime Ministers

Sir Robert Walpole (1721-1742 )was the first of the Eton graduates to serve as Prime Minister, while Boris Johnson elected in 2019 is the 20th Eton graduate to become PM. Others have included the Duke of Wellington (1828-1830, 1834), William Gladstone (1868-74, 1880-1886) and Antony Eden (1955-1957). It is an extraordinary record for any school... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Sir Robert Walpole (1721-1742 )was the first of the Eton graduates to serve as Prime Minister, while Boris Johnson elected in 2019 is the 20th Eton graduate to become PM. Others have included the

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22 Mar

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