Michael Cahill

Michael Cahill

I have history degrees from the University of Warwick, which I attended as a “mature student” in the 1990s.  From 2002 I worked for Open Studies, becoming a freelance lecturer in 2010.  I teach in Leamington, Coventry, and at the Percival Guildhouse adult education centre in Rugby.  My training was in early modern English history, but I have ranged more widely since then.


King Henry III to that “Great and Terrible King”, Edward I, 1172-1307

Towards the end of his reign, Henry III was faced with baronial revolt, led by Simon de Montfort.  De Montfort’s success was of short duration, however, and Henry was restored to power.  He was soon succeeded by his son, Edward I.  Edward has been described as autocratic and cruel. His conquest of North Wales, his reputation as the “Hammer of the Scots” and his expulsion of the Jews from England have brought him considerable notoriety.  We examine this “great and terrible king” 

Our class is friendly and informal, and participation is encouraged.  No prior knowledge of the period is required.  The course runs for 11 weeks and our sessions are as follows.

  • Week 1:      Introduction
  • Week 2:      The Provisions of Oxford
  • Week 3:      Civil war and the rule of de Montfort
  • Week 4:      Aftermath
  • Week 5:      Edward; lion or leopard?
  • Week 6:      Edward and Wales I
  • Week 7:      Edward and Wales II
  • Week 8:      Some aspects of Edward’s reign
  • Week 9:      Financial matters
  • Week 10:   French affairs
  • Week 11:   Into Scotland

The following books are of interest:

  • Carpenter, D.A.,  The reign of Henry III (Hambledon, 1996)
  • Davies, R.R., The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415 (Oxford, 2000)
  • Draper, P.,  The Formation of English Gothic (Yale, 2006)
  • Harding, A.,   England in the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge, 1993)
  • Jones, D., The Plantagenets (Collins, 2013)
  • Lewis, M., Henry III (Amberley, 2018)
  • Maddicott, J.R.,  Simon de Montfort (Cambridge, 1994)
  • Morris, M., A Great and Terrible King (Windmill, 2009)
  • Morris, M., Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Mediaeval England (2003)
  • Prestwich, M., Edward I (1988)
  • Prestwich, M., Plantagenet England, 1225-1360 (Oxford, 2005)

Oddfellows F. S., 6 Clarence Terrace, Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5LD


Thursdays from 9.45 a.m to 11.45 a.m, with a break for refreshment.  (Course members are asked to contribute £1 from time to time to maintain a kitty for tea, coffee and biscuits.)


19 Sept 2019


£88 for 11 weeks


If you wish to enrol for this course, or have any queries, you may contact me by typing your name, e-mail address and message in the boxes below and clicking “submit”.  You do not need to enter a website address, but it would be helpful if you would give a phone number together with your message in the Comment box.  I will try to answer your message as soon as possible.








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