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The Thousand-Year Legacy of Medieval Britain

Britain’s treasured medieval bounty is the focus of this course in which we survey its rich legacy, including town and country architecture, decorative arts, jewels, and the sagas and chronicles of its literary tradition. Ranging over five centuries and beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period, the course will offer a thematic focus for each class session. Study ancient churches, including the rare Earls Barton church not far from Oxford; castles that possess formidable dungeons; cathedrals that soar over painted crypts; exquisite, centuries-old wood and stone carvings found in abbeys and priories; and medieval crowns and monastic jewels. Learn about the Viking settlement in England, the Domesday Book, illuminated manuscripts, rare herbals, and the importance of the tranquil monastery garden. Also, remotely explore impressive encircling city walls that were built in medieval times and survive today.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of British culture and history
  • Increased familiarity with medieval Britain

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • Anyone interested in British history
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.