Held at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
with Mark Cottle
The Medieval Church and Papacy
Saturday, 11th October 2008
 
The medieval Church and at its head, the Pope, was the great medieval Super-power. The course will look at the development of the Papacy from its early stages to Gregory the Great, through the crisis of the Investiture Contest in the 11th century to its highpoint under Innocent III in the early 13th century. It will then trace the fortunes of the Papacy through exile and schism in the 14th century to the gradual emergence of the Renaissance Popes.
Scott and Amundsen: The Race to the Pole
Saturday, 22nd November 2008
 
The story of Scottís race with Amundsen to be the first man to reach the South Pole remains the most fascinating yet poignant episode in the history of Antarctic exploration. In many ways it is a story of contrasting styles of leadership and expedition planning. With reference to contemporary sources, including film, the course will follow these two expeditions and try to account for their very different outcomes.
Exeter : A Portrait of a Gothic Cathedral
Saturday, 31st January 2009
 
Exeter Cathedral is the greatest of Englandís cathedrals in the Decorated Gothic style. Imposing Norman towers flank a massive 14th century nave with the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Its long history has created a number of unique features in what remains a strikingly attractive building. There will be a guided tour of the cathedral at an additional cost of £3.
The Norman Impact in England
Saturday, 28th February 2009
 
The aim of this course is to explore the nature of the Norman impact in England, chiefly through the wide range of physical evidence that has survived. Starting with the Bayeux Tapestry and the DomesdayBook, we will move on to Norman military and ecclesiastical architecture and conclude with examples of Romanesque artwork in stone, glass and illuminated manuscripts.
Exploring History Programme September 2009
Sunday, 1st March 2009
 
Our new programme commences on Saturday 31st October 2009.
Exeter : A Portrait of a Gothic Cathedral
Thursday, 26th March 2009
 
Exeter Cathedral is the greatest of Englandís cathedrals in the Decorated Gothic style. Imposing Norman towers flank a massive 14th century nave with the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Its long history has created a number of unique features in what remains a strikingly attractive building. The course will place this cathedral in the history of Gothic cathedrals in England. There will be a guided tour of the cathedral and a brief visit to the cathedral library.

The World of Tudor England
Saturday, 16th May 2009
 
Starting with a summary of the Tudor monarchs, the course will look at life for English men and women in Tudor England. Their time was one of great changes - population growth, religious upheaval and overseas expansion. After exploring these themes, we will look at the cultural
achievment of the period with particular reference to houses, gardens
and music.
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