W101 | Passion, Piety, Plagues, and Polities:
The World of the Middle Ages


9:30am -11:00am


9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14,
10/21, 10/28

Six sessions

This course is offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

The Middle Ages can be found, somewhere, in the centuries between the destruction of Rome 476 AD/CE and the expulsion of the Muslim caliphate from Europe in 1492 AD/CE.  The “Dark Ages” were replaced by color and light in the high middle ages.  Feudalism was undermined eventually by vibrant city life and proto-Capitalism.  Controversial Church reform, increasingly expressive culture, naturalistic art, evolving music and architecture—all excited the age.  Countering these positive trends, anti-Semitism, the struggle with Islam, the Black Death, and unceasing warfare made the future outlook seem gloomy indeed.  Join us to explore the heritage of the Middle Ages which in many ways, foreshadowed modern Europe and our current world.

Philip Deely holds an undergraduate degree in history from Hobart College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.  He taught at Simon’s Rock and Phillips Exeter.  He served as the Associate Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum and has been a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising, governance, and strategic planning 

 The course blog can be found here


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