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.
SUMMER TERM 2018
Henry II, 1154-1189: Founder of a New Dynasty
Henry II, first Plantagenet monarch, and inspiration for the film The Lion in Winter, ruled an empire which stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. A sizeable portion of this had been brought to him by his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. His reign is famous for his struggles with Thomas a Becket, his dysfunctional family, and the beginnings of England’s involvement with Ireland. We look at the reign of a remarkable king.
Our class is friendly and informal, and participation is encouraged. No prior knowledge of the period is required. The course runs for 9 weeks and our sessions are as follows.
- Week 1: Henry of Anjou and the English throne
- Week 2: Henry consolidates his authority
- Week 3: Facets of the King
- Week 4: Thomas a Becket, the King’s friend
- Week 5: Thomas a Becket, the King’s enemy
- Week 6: Eleanor of Aquitaine and her sons
- Week 7: Early Plantagenet pot-pourri
- Week 8: Into Ireland
- Week 9: Henry and his empire
The following texts are of interest:
- Almond, R., Mediaeval Hunting (Stroud, 2003)
- Barlow, F., Thomas Becket (London, 1987)
- Castor, H., She-Wolves (London, 2010)
- Crouch, D., The Plantagenet Empire, 1154-1224 (Harlow, 2007)
- Gillingham, J., The Angevin Empire (London, 2001)
- Rawcliffe, C., Leprosy in Mediaeval England (Woodbridge, 2006)
- Turner, R.V., Eleanor of Aquitaine (London, 2009)
- Warren, W.L., Henry II (Yale, 2000)
DAY AND TIME
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.)
19th April 2018
£72 for 9 weeks
HOW TO ENROL
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