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The Wars of the Roses (1455-1487): England's First Civil War

The second half of the 15th century was a period of great violence and instability in English History. The escalation of feuds in the York and Lancastrian families led to 13 full scale battles and several murders, while the crown changed hands 6 times in the period from 1455-1487. Three of the five kings involved died violent deaths, before the Tudor dynasty emerged victorious in 1492. SUGGESTED READING Trevor Royle, The Wars of the Roses, England’s First Civil War, London 2009... [More]
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The Wars of the Roses (1455-1487): England's First Civil War

<p>The second half of the 15th century was a period of great violence and instability in English History. The escalation of feuds in the York and Lancastrian families led to 13 full scale battles and

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Christmas: A Historical Perspective

Christmas is a religious commemoration but it is also a social event with many traditions from various cultures woven into the Christmas fabric since the 4th century AD. The links with the ancient Roman pagan Saturnalia festivals are much debated. The banning of Christmas by Cromwell’s 10 military governors during the Interregnum in the 17th century is still of great interest to historians. SUGGESTED READING Joseph R Kelly, Origins of Christmas, Liturgical Press, 2004 Bruce Forbes,... [More]
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Christmas: A Historical Perspective

<p>Christmas is a religious commemoration but it is also a social event with many traditions from various cultures woven into the Christmas fabric since the 4th century AD. The links with the ancient

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The Art of Italy's Glorious Middle Ages

Tradition has long held that Italian art emerged out of the “Dark Ages” in the 13th century, into a magnificent cultural flowering that was later styled a Renaissance. This course explores the origins of medieval Italian sculpture, painting and the minor arts. From early Pisan and Roman experiments with proportion and realism, to Giotto’s triumph in Tuscany and the difficulties it posed for ensuing generations in Siena and Florence, we move to an exploration of the diverging... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
The Art of Italy's Glorious Middle Ages

<p>Tradition has long held that Italian art emerged out of the “Dark Ages” in the 13th century, into a magnificent cultural flowering that was later styled a Renaissance. This course explores the

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Transforming the Monarchy: Tudors and Stuarts

The 229 years between the day Henry Tudor plucked the crown from the dead body of the defeated Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 and the day Queen Anne died in 1714 were among the most dynamic and significant in English history. They changed the nature of the monarchy: from absolute rule to an institution dependent on the will of the people, an institution which could survive unpopular monarchs and constitutional crises. This history intensive focuses on the power struggles... [More]
$219 Limited inc GST / $197
Transforming the Monarchy: Tudors and Stuarts

<p>The 229 years between the day Henry Tudor plucked the crown from the dead body of the defeated Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 and the day Queen Anne died in 1714 were among the most dynamic

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Charlemagne: Father of Europe

Charles the Great, best known to English speakers under his French name “Charlemagne”, the first European emperor since the collapse of the Roman empire, was intent on uniting and Christianising all Germanic tribes. Spending most of his life fighting – and winning – wars he built an empire stretching from the Atlantic to the Balkans. A charismatic, cultured but at times also cruel warrior, he laid the foundations of modern day Europe. COURSE OUTLINE Historical Background and rise... [More]
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Charlemagne: Father of Europe

<p>Charles the Great, best known to English speakers under his French name “Charlemagne”, the first European emperor since the collapse of the Roman empire, was intent on uniting and Christianising

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Historic Baltic Port Cities

During the 13th and 14th centuries trade across the Baltic Sea was dominated by the members of the Hanseatic League. Several port cities rose in importance and prospered as documented by their richly decorated churches and other buildings attracting thousands of tourists each year today. Join Jo Gerk in discovering four of these cities, their rich history and beautiful buildings. COURSE OUTLINE Lübeck (Germany) Gdansk (Poland) Riga (Latvia) Reval/Tallinn (Estonia) PLANNED LEARNING... [More]
$107 Limited inc GST / $96
Historic Baltic Port Cities

<p>During the 13th and 14th centuries trade across the Baltic Sea was dominated by the members of the Hanseatic League. Several port cities rose in importance and prospered as documented by their

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From Rembrandt & Vermeer to Clara Peeters - Artists and Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age

Rembrandt and Vermeer are familiar but so many more artists painted wonderful visual feasts of 17th century Dutch Art in extravagant table feasts, interesting portraits, peeking behind closed doors, humorous pub scenes and life on the seas. Dutch art still has resonance today in our society. With a major Dutch Art Exhibition of over 50 artists from the Rijksmuseum to be shown at the Art Gallery of NSW from November 2017 to February 2018 this series of lectures sets a background.... [More]
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From Rembrandt & Vermeer to Clara Peeters - Artists and Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age

<p>Rembrandt and Vermeer are familiar but so many more artists painted wonderful visual feasts of 17th century Dutch Art in extravagant table feasts, interesting portraits, peeking behind closed doors

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Medieval & Renaissance Portraits: France, England and The Netherlands

Immerse yourself in the fascination, drama, tragedy, beauty and exultation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance by studying the life and work of several outstanding figures: the tragic lovers Peter Abelard and Eloise, the poet Chrétien de Troyes and the Parsifal legend, the anonymous Sir Gwain and the Green Knight, the music and poetry of Guillaume de Machaut, the artists Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Memling, Van der Goes and their contemporaries. COURSE OUTLINE Peter Abelard and Eloise... [More]
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Medieval & Renaissance Portraits: France, England and The Netherlands

<p>Immerse yourself in the fascination, drama, tragedy, beauty and exultation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance by studying the life and work of several outstanding figures: the tragic lovers Peter

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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 history, plus an additional two centuries in Granada, until the final Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 1492. SUGGESTED READING... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Caliphate of Córdoba: 700 Years of Muslim Rule in Spain

<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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