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Great Castles of Great Britain: From William the Conqueror to Elizabeth I

2 Session Daytime Lecture/Seminar

2 sessions from May 19 to May 26, 2023
Code: 1D0015
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Haddon Hall is one of the oldest houses in England

Photo credit: René Cortin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

From forbidding fortresses to captivating castles, Great Britain is home to extraordinary buildings that were the locations of some of the extremes of British history, ranging from the viciously vindictive—such as the grotesque murder of Edward II at Berkley Castle—to the glamorously amorous, such as the adventures of Bess of Hardwick Hall, ever richer with each of her four marriages. Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton takes you on a vicarious visit to castle life in medieval and Renaissance England, examining architectural styles, historic structures, and splendid settings.

Friday, May 19

10–11 a.m. Moat, Keep, Motte, and Bailey: Tower of London, Windsor Castle  

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Manor Manners: Half-timber houses of Little Moreton Hall, Ightham Mote

Friday, May 26

10–11 a.m. Castle Life Fit for a King—and Queen: Berkeley Castle, Hampton Court Palace

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Architecture and Ego: Montacute House, Hardwick Hall

2 sessions

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit*

General Information

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.