Medieval Britain 1307-1485 through Historical Fiction

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, September 18 – November 20

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Matthew Bird

We will explore the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Age of Wycliffe, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, and other highlights of medieval British history. Quality historical novels by P.C. Doherty, Sharon Penman, Candace Robb, Josephine Tey, and others provide an engaging introduction to the period. With the readings as background, we will discuss historical issues such as family dynasties, civil wars, taxation, peasant rebellions, anti-clericalism, plagues, royal intrigues, and everyday life.

Matthew Bird, a law librarian and independent scholar, holds a B.A. in history from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in international politics from the University of Wales.

Materials List
Required:
*Doherty , P.C. The Death of a King. Poisoned Pen Press, 1985. ISBN: 1890208116
Penman, Sharon. The Sunne in Splendor. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008. ISBN: 031237593X
*Robb, Candace. The Apothecary Rose (Out of print – copies will be provided)
Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. Scribner, 1995. ISBN: 9780684803869
*Zelitch, Simone. The Confession of Jack Straw. Black Heron Press, 2010. ISBN: 0930773187

*Because these books are out of print, the instructor will have a limited number of copies for students to borrow. Otherwise, the texts are available for purchase through online retailers.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $240.
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