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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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The Magnificence of William & Mary’s Reign - Sumptuous Palaces of England & Holland

The Glorious Revolution in 1689 resulted in William III of Holland & his English consort Mary becoming joint Monarchs of England whilst retaining their position in Holland. Their Palais Het Loo in Apeldoorn, Holland built 1684-1686 has recently undergone a major renovation and is to re-open in 2022. The decorative style of their reign, called... [More]
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<p>The Glorious Revolution in 1689 resulted in William III of Holland &amp; his English consort Mary becoming joint Monarchs of England whilst retaining their position in Holland. Their Palais Het Loo

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19 Aug

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Pan's Gift of Forgetting - Kenneth Grahame and 'The Wind in the Willows'

Kenneth Grahame never imagined he was writing a masterpiece when he created The Wind in the Willows. This talk looks at his odd and interesting life and work and examines some of the more esoteric secrets of his most beloved book. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame Among the Bohemians, Virginia... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Kenneth Grahame never imagined he was writing a masterpiece when he created <em>The Wind in the Willows</em>. This talk looks at his odd and interesting life and work and examines some of the more

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02 Sep

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The First Russian Radical? Alexander Radishchev and the Enlightenment under Catherine the Great

Alexander Radishchev (1749-1802), a Russian writer and social critic, has been described as Russia’s first radical, due to his attempts to popularise Enlightenment thinking in his native country. His novel called ‘Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow’, published in Russian in 1790, recounts a fictional journey along a postal route, blending... [More]
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<p>Alexander Radishchev (1749-1802), a Russian writer and social critic, has been described as Russia’s first radical, due to his attempts to popularise Enlightenment thinking in his native country.

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23 Sep

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Looking Back on the British Empires

65 years ago, Ghana was the first British dominion to become a republic, beginning the final chapter in the history of the second British empire. Historians are in no doubt that the two British empires, the 13 colonies in North America, and the second world-wide empire protected by the Royal Navy, changed the history of every part of it, but they... [More]

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The Welf Dynasty and its Connection to the British Throne

One of the oldest European noble families can trace its origin back to Lombardy in the late 9th century. Present day descendants include the husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, as well as the current Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II, through her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Famous medieval rulers include Henry, the Black, Henry the... [More]

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