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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 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]
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<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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Charlemagne and The Frankish Empire

Meet Charlemagne, aka Charles the Great, the first European emperor since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, who was intent on uniting and Christianising all Germanic tribes and beyond. The most famous of the Frankish rulers spent his life fighting – and winning – wars. He expanded his inherited realms to build an empire stretching from the... [More]
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<p>Meet Charlemagne, aka Charles the Great, the first European emperor since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, who was intent on uniting and Christianising all Germanic tribes and beyond. The

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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]

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The Fall of Eagles: Collapse of the Old Order 1901-1923

The Russian, German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires represented the last vestiges of feudalism at the beginning of the 20th century. The emperors refused to acknowledge reform movements and repressed demands for political and social rights and freedoms. WWI changed the landscape of Europe and the Middle East and the old empires were swept... [More]

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Victory in 1918: Australia's Contribution

From the battle of Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 until weeks before the armistice with Germany was signed and the war ended, Australians were in the forefront of the fighting. They fought in the August Battle of Amiens, Germany’s “blackest day”. They were at Mont St Quentin, Peronne and Le Hamel. They suffered devastating casualties that brought... [More]

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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]

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The Dark Side of the Renaissance: Beauty and Terror

The Renaissance was a dangerous time to challenge long standing orthodox beliefs and practices in western Christendom. Lutherans and Huguenots were persecuted, Galileo was subjected the Inquisition and house arrest for years. Leonardo da Vinci feared arrest by the thought police of a corrupt papacy in the 15th and 16th C. Slavery and the slave... [More]

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Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Superwoman

What can a Benedictine abbess who lived over 900 years ago contribute to our lives today? When that abbess St Hildegard of Bingen, the answer is, “plenty”. Polymath, visionary, leader, traveller, orator, composer, theologian, natural scientist. Be surprised by Hildegard in this talk on the texts and works of this extraordinary woman of the 12th... [More]

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European Mathematics During the Renaissance

During the Renaissance, the rediscovery of philosophy, art and culture of the Ancient Greeks, together with introduction of Arabic art and science, and the desire of artists to represent the natural world realistically led them to study mathematics. Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci worked on the theory of perspective, golden ratio and algebra.... [More]

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The Overthrow and Execution of Mussolini

Mussolini was not in control of Italy from July 1943 when the fascist dictator and his Grand Fascist Council were arrested by order of King Victory Emanuel III. His execution by firing squad on the 28th April 1945 was a humiliating affair. His corpse and that of his young mistress Clara Petacci and other fascist leaders were hung upside down from a... [More]

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