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Introduction to German History

Unlike other European powers Germany became a nation state only late in history, yet its beginnings can be traced back to the Roman Empire and beyond. This course will provide an overview of the events and developments that shaped the country into the biggest economy in Europe over the course of more than two millennia. COURSE OUTLINE Pre-History and Antiquity – Stone Age, Roman Empire. Germanic Tribes and Big Migration. Christianisation – Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire.... [More]
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Britain After Rome: The Rise of the Anglo Saxons

In 410 AD the Roman Emperor Honorius told a delegation of pleading Britons that they had to look to their own defences against marauding Germanic tribes. The Romans had enough problems of their own. After almost 400 years of rule, Rome abandoned its once treasured province, Britannia. The history of Britain fell into a Dark Age for two centuries. This darkness is gradually being dispelled by new archaeological discoveries that are shining a light on this ‘dark age’ of the British... [More]
Britain After Rome: The Rise of the Anglo Saxons
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City of London in the 1660s

On the 29th May 1660 Charles II was restored to the thrones of England and Scotland after eleven years of Republican experiment. The Restoration heralded the return of the theatres, sports, gambling and whorehouses and the court developed a reputation for licentious behaviour. The great City of London faced two severe crises in the 1660s: the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. Both crises changed the ancient and mediaeval city of London forever. But the period also... [More]
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The Plantagenets

The Plantagenet family ruled England from 1154, when Henry II took the throne and ended the war between Stephen and Matilda, until 1485, when the infamous Richard III lost the battle (and the kingdom) to Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII. Come and learn all about this fascinating family; the scandals and the treachery; the intrigue and the betrayals; and of course the wars, at home and abroad. And there’s more: the cultural legacy of the Magna Carta, the Universities of Oxford and... [More]
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Treasures of the Medieval World

From illuminated manuscripts to tapestries, and from humble Romanesque architecture to the soaring gothic glories of the 14th century, the Medieval period represents an often overlooked period of artistic excellence. We examine many of the key formative aspects of medieval life, including social, cultural, literary, musical, and architectural legacies from Western Europe in the 5th to the 15th centuries and enjoy a day of rich beauty. SUGGESTED READING Medieval Europe: a short... [More]
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The Hanseatic League: Powerhouse of the Medieval Baltic Sea

Dominating medieval Baltic maritime trade for four centuries the powerful Hanseatic League stretched from London in the West to Novgorod in the East. Essentially a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds it also included many inland cities and towns interested in expanding and protecting their trading interests. Membership was fluid and ranged from full-fledged, to trading posts and communities. Enjoy four action packed weeks of medieval maritime and trading... [More]
The Hanseatic League: Powerhouse of the Medieval Baltic Sea
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Richard the Lionheart and the First Crusade

Richard was a younger son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, ending up as King of England, Duke of Aquitaine and Overlord of Brittany! He was a fearless warrior and renowned military leader, in England and France, and also during the Third Crusade to the Holy Land, where he lay siege to Jerusalem. Despite neglecting England, treating the English as no more than an income stream for his endless wars, he is revered as an iconic figure of justice and righteousness.s. SUGGESTED... [More]
Richard the Lionheart and the First Crusade
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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 medieval romance literature, and on to modern representations in books and films. NOTE: There will be a short break for morning tea and... [More]
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Splendour of Medieval Pisa

Most people head to Pisa to spend an hour or so in the amazing Piazza dei Miracoli, with its Romanesque cathedral, baptistery, and celebrated Leaning Tower. But the city has a lot more to offer, as its status as pre-eminent maritime republic of the Western Mediterranean (ca 1000-1400) ensured great wealth and artistic cross-currents with the Normans in the south and with the exotic East. We go beyond the Leaning Tower, exploring Romanesque architecture, Gothic exuberance, and the... [More]
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