10 am – Noon
We will survey the history of the English monarchy and the development of English society from the Norman Conquest through the Wars of the Roses. Topics will include the Anglo-Saxon legacy, the Norman Conquest, the Domesday Book, the Angevin Empire, the conquests of Wales and Ireland, Henry II versus Thomas Becket, Edward I’s wars in Wales and Scotland, the Hundred Years War, and the Wars of the Roses.
Frank A. Biletz holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Lecturer in History at Loyola University Chicago, and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.
Gillingham, John and Ralph A. Griffiths. Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-0192854025
Howarth, David. 1066: The Year of Conquest. London and New York: Penguin Books, 1981. ISBN: 978-0140058505
Henry of Huntington. History of the English People 1000-1154. Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2002. ISBN: 978-0199554805
Mortimer, Ian. The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitor’s to the Fourteenth Century. New York: Touchtone Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-1439112908
Ross, Charles. The Wars of the Roses. Thames and Hudson, 1986. ISBN: 978-0500274071
CPDU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Ten sessions, $210