Place: United Reformed Church, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AA
Day: Weekly on Thursdays.
Time: 2.00 pm
Speaker: Toby McLeod
Definitive meeting dates are displayed in the Monthly Programme.
THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR
On Thursday 2 May, Toby will begin a 5-week course on the Hundred Years' War.
The Hundred Years' War is the name given by the Victorians to the conflicts between England and France that in fact lasted for 116 years, from 1337 to 1453. There can be no doubt that this military confrontation dominated European history in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and is of enduring interest not least because of the number of fascinating personalities who lived and rose to prominence in its shadow. This was the age of Chaucer and the Black Prince, of Joan of Arc and of the chronicler Jean Froissart who left us an unparalleled account of the doings of the great and the good at this time. It was a time when the identities of England and France were forged, and one that was celebrated by Shakespeare in his history plays. Join Toby McLeod for a fascinating glimpse into the 'distant mirror' of the medieval world in this series of richly illustrated talks that will bring the Middle Ages alive.
Homage of Edward I of England (kneeling) to Philip IV of France (seated), 1286. As Duke of Aquitaine, Edward was also a vassal to the French King. Illumination by Jean Fouquet from the Grandes Chroniques de France in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
See 'Sage' magazine and the notice board for the image.
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Lectures will take place on the following dates: Thursday 2 May, Thursday 9 May, Thursday 16 May, Thursday 23 May and Thursday 30 May.
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