For the Fall 2021 term, we're offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.
Founded by the Romans in the mid-first century, during the Middle Ages London became one of Europe’s largest cities and a prominent center of trade. This seminar will survey the Roman foundations of the city and its evolution during the first 1500 years of its history. We will study the principal architectural monuments of the Roman and medieval periods, as well as key events in the city’s history, including the Norman Conquest and the Black Death.
Eight sessions. Registration – $280
Frank Biletz earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently an adjunct instructor in history at Loyola University Chicago. He has taught seminars at the Newberry since 1994
Simon Webb, Life in Roman London. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2011. ISBN# 978-0-7524-6536-4;
Toni Mount, Everyday Life in Medieval London: From the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Amberley Publishing, 2015. ISBN# 978-1-4456-4700-5.
For the first class meeting, participants should read Simon Webb, Life in Roman London, chapters 1 to 3.