Held at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
with Mark Cottle
George III and His England (Part 2)
Saturday, 8th September 2018
Following a brief summary of George IIIís reign, the course will concentrate largely on the French war with Napoleon. In particular, we will focus on the career of Wellington: India, the Peninsular War and Waterloo with reference to the Vienna settlement of 1815 and his subsequent political career. The day finishes with a look at the work of Thomas Bewick, ĎNatureís Engraverí, whose woodcuts are beyond anything produced before in England and rarely since.
Englandís Age of Chivalry: 1066 - 1500
Saturday, 24th November 2018

Knighthood and chivalry are central to our picture of medieval England. We will follow the evolution of knighthood and chivalric culture from William the Conquerorís knights, careers of men including William Marshal and the Black Prince through to the Wars of the Roses. Other important elements, chivalry and women, literature, crusading and chivalric kingship, will also be covered to try to capture an ethos which is such a feature of the age.
Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Art and its World
Saturday, 16th February 2019
The early Christian centuries of Anglo-Saxon England witnessed a great revival in manuscript illumination, metal work and stone carving. In particular, from early celtic monasteries in Ireland to Iona and Lindisfarne, new insular styles of script and artwork emerged, creating in Northumbria the first renaissance since the fall of Rome. The intricate design of illustrations in books like those of Durrow, Kells and Lindisfarne, among others, is highly elaborate and almost mesmerising in effect. There is nothing else quite like it in the whole of Englandís cultural history.

Medieval Queens of England from Emma in 11th Century to
Saturday, 23rd March 2019
In the feudal, male-dominated world of medieval England, the role of the queen was essentially limited to helping forge diplomatic alliances and to providing male heirs to succeed the king. A number of queens of the period, like Philippa of Hainault (Edward IIIís queen), would seem to broadly conform to this stereotype. Others, like Emma (queen to both King ∆thelraed and King Cnut), Matilda (heir to Henry I), Eleanor of Aquitaine (Henry IIís queen), Isabella of France (Edward IIís queen), Margaret of Anjou (Henry VIís queen) and Elizabeth Woodville (Edward IVís queen) were, with varying degrees of success, able to overcome more narrowly prescribed definitions of their role. We will summarise and assess these figures for their impact on their times.
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