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Jews and Jewishness in English Renaissance Literature and Culture

Weekly via Zoom, 16 Mar – 18 May 2022. This course, will tackle complex themes by reading and discussing canonical and lesser-known English Renaissance texts that feature Jewish characters and Jewish questions. Topics that range from medieval literary precedents to Elizabethan theater conventions will be examined, reading excerpts from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and much more. This class is open to anyone interested in the topic.

The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy & the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream (2021)

In a riveting narrative, Charles Spencer follows the story from the Norman Conquest through to the decades that would become known as the Anarchy: a civil war of untold violence that saw families turn in on each other with English and Norman barons, rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king all playing a part in a desperate game of thrones.

Beowulf: A Translation & Commentary (2015)

Completed in 1926, but never considered for publication. However, now with it's publication, everyone will find something of enduring interest in this collection that includes an illuminating written commentary on the poem by the translator himself, drawn from a series of lectures he gave at Oxford in the 1930s.

Armour of the English Knight 1400-1450 (2015)

Written by the Wallace Collection Curator of Arms and Armour Tobias Capwell, this detailed and lavishly illustrated book chronicles the armour worn by English men-at-arms during the later phases of the Hundred Years War.

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People: The Greater Chronicle – Bede’s Letter to Egbert (2009)

As well as providing the authoritative Colgrave translation of the Ecclesiastical History, this edition includes a new translation of the Greater Chronicle, in which Bede examines the Roman Empire and contemporary Europe.

A Middle English Reader & Vocabulary (2005)

Scholarly and highly informative, this anthology represents a distinctive contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of Middle English literature.

The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453 (1999)

Desmond Seward's critically-acclaimed account of the Hundred Years War brings to life all of the intrigue, beauty, and royal to-the-death-fighting of that legendary century-long conflict.

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