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Take a step into the past and meet famous historical characters, famous and infamous. Transport yourself effortlessly into history on one of Farncombe Courses’ insightful and engaging history and architecture classes.
From getting the know the Normans, to discovering more about the Zulu and Boer Wars, there is a topic of interest for amateur and experienced historians alike. You’ll meet like-minded people and gain a true understanding of your area of interest.
Take a look at the wide ranging history and architecture classes and courses below, to pursue your passion at Farncombe Courses. Book today to save your space!
From the foundation of Normandy in the early 10th century, the Normans were to influence their world out of all proportion to their modest origins. The course will focus initially on the reigns of the Anglo-Norman kings of England from William Rufus to the end of the Civil War between Stephen and Matilda.More Info »
In July 1575 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, made one last attempt to persuade Queen Elizabeth I to marry him. He staged a lavish entertainment for her at Kenilworth Castle, which combined poetry, music, dancing, fireworks, hunting and other amusements amidst the romantic and chivalrous setting of one of medieval England’s finest castles.More Info »
From Queen Henrietta Maria to those who joined the Leveller and Digger movements, the Civil War affected the lives of many women in seventeenth-century England. This course will explore something of their experiences.More Info »
We shall trace the story of Marxist Eastern Europe from the end of World War Two, and the triumph of the Red Army, to the end of the Cold War, with the fall of the Berlin Wall.More Info »
Hear the fascinating story of wool, in which the people of the British Isles have for centuries played a leading part and still do. Concentrating mainly on the UK, but with some global references, we will consider sheep breeds and breeders, wool types, the dramatic history and implications of the wool trade, and how it works now.More Info »
Historical controversy has long raged over the England’s troubles during the 1640s and 1650s. Were these two turbulent decades a ‘Great Rebellion’ against King Charles I, a Civil War in three kingdoms, or a full-scale revolution?More Info »
The Vikings have a bad press as marauding barbarians and raiders. Is this an accurate picture? Modern research and archaeology provide an alternative view of Viking civilization; one that is far more complex and varied.More Info »
For the best part of a century, England fought France and Scotland, exhausting itself on two fronts and becoming thoroughly militarised. But how were things back home, away from the continental campaigning?More Info »
William the Conqueror led the last successful invasion of England and was the first Norman king of England. Yet he remains a surprisingly shadowy figure. In this course we will examine his claim to be one of the greatest English monarchs.More Info »
This weekend course looks at the high point of the Hollywood studio system between the 1930s and 1950s. We will examine the attributes of a number of classic Hollywood films: production history, reception history, star system, issues of genre, key directors, censorship, technical and aesthetics.More Info »