North Wales has a wealth of fortified ruins, the most significant of which are the Norman castles used to impose the will and rule of an outside power on the Welsh nation. On this course we will look at the historical context, location, function and the 'rise and fall' of their influence on the region. Questions considered will include:
· Who built the castles, and why? Why the specific designs that were used?
· What was life like within the castle's walls?
· Did they succeed in their aim of establishing the authority of, and maintaining order for, the King?
· What was the lifespan of the castles, and what role did they play in later centuries?
Castles considered will include, Flint, Conwy, Denbigh, Harlech, and some lesser known fortresses that you may not have come across.
There is an additional History Road Trip which will include guided tours of a number of the castles you will learn about.
The tutor, Gill Rossini, is best known for her work on social history from 1700, but is originally a Medieval historian by training. With this course she returns to her first love, and is looking forward very much to sharing her passion for all things Medieval with a new audience.
A separate day road trip to selected castles will be offered on 7th June 2019. Booking can be found on the day school "area of interest" click Summer term.