Group Leaders: Alan & Susanna
Venue: The Swarthmore Centre, Mutley Plain
Day: 3rd Wednesday Time: 14:00

YEAR 3: The Normans 1066 – 1154


Henry I, King of England and Duke of Normandy and his relationship with continental Europe. 

The White Ship disaster


When Henry I died he left a daughter, Matilda. Earlier in his reign, Henry had indicated that the succession should pass to Matilda and, ultimately to his grandson, Henry. But Henry I’s premature death and the lack of enthusiasm in parts of the country for Matilda to succeed provided Henry’s nephew, Stephen, with an opportunity. It led to one of the darkest periods of English history.



YEAR 4: The House of Plantagenet 1154 – 1215

Our plans for Year 4 are under review. Below is an initial indication of what we may cover but we are happy to receive suggestions from our members and to hear from anyone who would like to prepare and present part of a session in which they have a particular interest.
Sept 18. Eleanor Duchess of Aquitaine, her early life
Oct 16. Courtly Love and the Courts of Provence
Nov 20. The early years of Henry II (1154-1189) reign, and his relationship with Thomas Beckett
Dec. No Meeting
Jan 15. Henry II (1154-1189) and the quarrels with his wife, Eleanor Duchess of Aquitaine and their four sons Henry, Richard I, Geoffrey, John
Feb 19. William Marshall – The Greatest Knight plus a look at life for the average family in Plantagenet England
Mar 18. Richard, Eleanor and the 3rd Crusade
Apr 15. Troubadors and Minstrels
May 20. The Treasures of the East
Jun 17. Robin Hood and the wicked sheriff of Notingham
Jul 15. King John (1199-1215) and Magna Carta (1215)
Aug. No Meeting

YEAR 5: Crown versus People (Part 1) 1215 – 1327

YEAR 6: Crown versus People (Part 2) 1327 – 1381

YEAR 7: The Waning of the Middle Ages 1381 – 1485