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History of England: Fall (THURSDAYS)


The History of England ~ Fall Quarter: Ancient and Medieval Britain.  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  10 Thursdays, October 10 - December 19, 2019, 7:00-9:45PM (no class November 28).

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The History of England invites the student to come to know the extraordinary story of one small island in the northern waters of the Atlantic. Each week, we take the time to understand how this mixture of native peoples and invaders—Angles, Saxons, Vikings, French—coalesced to form the most influential nation in all of European history. In our three quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring), we cover the period from the early formation of the nation to 1700.

In our fall quarter, we study pre-historic Britain and examine how its very different people ( Celts, Romans, Vikings)—struggled for power and influence. We go on to study King Arthur, Beowulf, the Norman Invasion of 1066, Henry II and English common law, and the Magna Carta. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  10 Thursdays, October 10 - December 19, 2019, 7:00-9:45PM (no class November 28).

William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.