England¿s Medieval Queens: The Three Eleanors
Register for this Fall 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website
They were royals, born abroad, married English kings, and made a significant impact on English history. Learn about their lives and the important influence of Eleanor of Aquitaine (born 1122) who married Louis of France and then Henry II of England. A highly cultured woman, powerful and wealthy, she survived family scandals, a turbulent marriage and even imprisonment. Next, learn about Eleanor of Provence (born 1223), the resilient and fiscally astute wife of Henry III who was an excellent diplomat and poet. She was also Regent of England when her husband was away. Finally, meet Eleanor of Castile (born 1241) who is commemorated with London’s Charing Cross (a Victorian copy). A patroness of the arts and a committed entrepreneur, she was the beloved first wife of King Edward I, and accompanied him on his military campaigns in Wales. Fall 2023 tuition is $449.
Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of European history
- A familiarity with important medieval queens
- An understanding of how the queens of England influenced politics and culture
- History buffs
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between