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OWL Monday Scholars

Course: England in the Time of King Richard III

Mondays, September 14 - November 9
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
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Taught by: Deirdre O’Sullivan 
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove

Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. The series combines the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in the discussion. 
Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration is required.

About the Course:

The discovery of the skeleton of Richard III in a Leicester car park - and the recent revelations of an infidelity within his family’s bloodline - have made headline news around the world.

In this course, a team of scholars from the University of Leicester will explore through archaeology, history and literature the England Richard would have inhabited in the 15th century and look back at his rediscovery and re-interment. 

The political scene in the 15th century was dominated by savage dynastic warfare – the Wars of the Roses - in which allegiances and power shifted among an aristocratic clique, with devastating outcomes. The century also saw the abandonment of many villages through general population decline, and a shift towards greater use of the land for pasture farming. But demand for labor meant that the prosperity of working people rose, and towards the end of the century, the introduction of printing transformed access to literacy and books.

Each week, we’ll address a different perspective of this period including: medieval warfare, the lives of peasants and farmers, food and culture, death and commemoration, and reading and the introduction of printing. 

We’ll also look at how historians and archaeologists have reconstructed Richard’s road to Bosworth - the battle in which he died - and how one of England’s most famous kings came to be buried in Leicester. This will help you understand Richard III’s reinterment, as his remains were taken to Bosworth, through the villages connected with his last battle, and finally laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.

About the Professor: 

Deirdre O’Sullivan is the Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. A graduate in History and Archaeology, her MPhil research dealt with the Early Christian Archaeology of Cumbria. She has previously worked as a field archaeologist and as a post-excavation researcher at Durham and St Andrews. At Leicester she was responsible for introducing and running a Master’s program in Post Excavation Skills, and has directed fieldwork projects at St Bees Priory, Cumbria, the early Christian monastery on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) Northumberland, and locally at the post-medieval pottery manufacturing center at Ticknall, Derbyshire. Her current research work has been centered on the archaeologies and histories of the Dissolution and on friaries. 



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