Medieval Lectures Series
With the RESTARTING of the CCE Courses at Auckland University, classes will be held once again in Short Street on the Auckland University Campus. A NEW Series of Lectures and courses will be held concurrently on the Selwyn College Campus beginning on Thursday March 20th, 2-4pm.
The first series at Auckland University in 2014 is MEDIEVAL MEDICINE: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. It began on the 3rd March and unfortunately the class is full.
The Second series will be MEDIEVAL FOOD: FEAST AND FAST. It begins on Friday 25th July and will also be held at Short Street. It is also a series of 6 2-hour classes.
The Selwyn Campus classes begin with a two-part series of 4 classes each on the HISTORY OF FASHION. Part 1 begins on the 20th March and deals with Fashion from the early days up to the Tudor Period. The second part, deals with the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and it begins on the 17th July. Selwyn College is offering a very generous discount for people wishing to book both courses, a fantastic offer!
Following that, there will be a series on THE SECRETS OF SILK, called SECRET LIVES beginning on Thursday 21st August for 6 weeks. On the 30th October, the last series for the year will be THE SILK ROAD: TRADERS, TRAVELLERS AND THIEVES
There is more information on the Auckland University website www.cce.auckland.ac.nz and the Selwyn College website, www.selwyncomed.co.nz
It would be fantastic to see you. Feel free to contact me at
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Silk Road: Traders, Travellers & Thieves
From time immemorial the Silk Road has been a conduit for intrepid adventurers and along its many routes have travelled armies and ideas, exotic products, missionaries and warlords, explorers and the best known traveller of all, Marco Polo. We will explore the ancient tombs and examine the treasures, and discuss the commerce and exotic products, ideas, religions and changes that have occurred over the last 3000 years.
In April 2013 a group of us actually followed in the Footsteps of Marco Polo. We flew into Venice and travelled across Turkey, Uzbekistan and China on the most amazing adventure.
History of fashion, Part 1
Fashion is a subtle but clear indication of a person’s status, community and place where they live. It is subject to many controls, sumptuary laws, social pressures, beliefs and the church and the whims of fashion. Using paintings and illuminated manuscripts we will identify the ways fashion has been used to shock or impress, to keep people in their place or display power, wealth and prestige. This course will trace the changes and delight in the glorious fabrics, construction, jewels, decorations and embellishments. Part I of this course takes the story from the early days to the end of the Renaissance period. Part II deal with later periods, up to the present day.
We will have both Part I & Part II of this most successful course this year, at Selwyn College. With the restarting of the University Courses, we are hopeful that this course will be repeated in 2015.
Silk: Secret Lives & Social History
The story of silk is one of high adventure, piracy and power, unbelievable wealth and grinding poverty. This course focuses on real people, their history, their lives, work, politics, social conditions and fashions. It traces the history of silk from the earliest myths and legends through China, Asia, Europe England to the present situation in the many countries that grow and handle silk in the world today. Included will be a demonstration of silk spinning and an opportunity to handle and discuss a range of raw silks, fabrics and fibres.
Reading the Pictures: The Stories behind the Paintings, Part 1.
Did you know the Virgin Mary was a knitter? It is just one of the secrets hidden within illuminated manuscripts. In Part 1 we will examin aspects of Birth, Death and Marriage in the Middle Ages, looking at paintings and Books of Hours for their symbolism, social comment, or political propaganda. In a later series we will look at other topics including secular manuscripts, gardens, past-times and sports, and be amused by the sketches and graffiti in the margins to learn about the life and times of people during the Medieval period.
To the Manor Born: Medieval Domestic Life
The English manor estate was a microcosm of society. This course will explore the private life of families like the Pastons, their rise and fall, responsibilities and problems. We will look at all the people on the estate, from lords and ladies to itinerant workers, and follow the seasonal round of activities, festivals, weddings and funerals. Through an exploration of what happened at time of sickness, war and famine, and how the law and education operated, we will gain a rounded picture of Medieval life.
THE Medieval ART OF GETTING VERY, VERY RICH
Money, gold and power, all the tantalizing ingredients of big business. We trace the activities of powerful families like the Peruzzi, Bardi and the Medici, guildsmen, merchants, land owners and individuals like Jacob Fugger, for their ways of doing business. The Champagne Fairs were a special feature of the late Medieval period and many of the complex banking procedures originated then. Both the church and the court were heavily involved in business, trade and finance. We look at usury, coinage, the development of paper money and letters of credit and examine the changes, leading to the early modern period. We discover different products, currencies and methods, new industries and old tricks that brought both catastrophic failure and stunning success in a changing society.
Medieval Medicine, In Sickness & Health
From the secret world of people’s most intimate lives, we deal with life and death, sickness and health in the Middle Ages, tracing the development of knowledge of the humours, the body, and its responses to disease, climate changes, war and poverty. We focus on the growing group of medical professionals, the physicians, barber-surgeons, midwives, travelling dentists and sharmen. Hospices and hospitals were developed for the dying, along with facilities for lepers and the severely disturbed, staffed by dedicated people including monks and nuns, all leading to the increasing professionalism of university educated physicians and surgeons.
Monday 3rd March 10-12, Building 801 Short Street, Auckland City Campus. Unfortunately this class is full.
Medieval Food, Feast & Fast
NEW LECTURE SERIES AT AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY, beginning on Friday 25th July 2014, 10-12, at 1-11 Short Street, City Campus phone 0800 864 266 ext. 84978 or contact Priscilla at email@example.com or
Food, glorious food! So essential for life and so full of hazards, its availability, subject to weather, politics, war, transport, manipulation and ritual. Some men feasted on rich food and yet famine stalked the streets. This course traces the journey from the early Middle Ages, the development of better farming and storage of food, the daily grind to produce enough food to survive, diets for the sick, food on the move, take-aways and feeding the army, sumptuary laws, and the strict dietary Rules for fasting set out by the church. The course concludes with recipes and cooking methods, celebrations, banquets, picnics and parties.
Monasticism: Behind Closed Doors
What exactly went on within the Medieval Monastery as the monks and nuns zealously followed the Rule to give their lives to God and attain spiritual perfection. What were the attractions and demands of this life that motivated people to form the monastic and cenobitical communities. We explore the various monastic houses, the lay members who serviced them, and the Mendicant Orders of Friars and the Beguines. The Church was a powerful force in the Medieval period, yet life was not always tranquil and some people rebelled and there were underlying conflicts between the cloistered and the clergy.
Medieval Education: From Church Schools to Universities
Who were Alcuin and Abelard, Hildegarde of Bingen and Christine de Pisan? How did learning evolve over the Medieval period from being church and clergy centred to the development of the grammar schools and Universities? Join us as we investigate the key players and the various educational establishments, their curriculum, priorities and values.
The Medieval Garden
The Church: From the Cradle to the Grave in the Middle Ages
The Crusades: Men and Women at War
Celebrations and Festivals: Parties, Past-times and fun and games in the Middle Ages
The lecture series are enormous fun with lots of thought provoking ideas and great discussions. Each course at Devonport will be built around 4, two hour lectures, 1-3pm, usually offering both Part I and Part II or 6 two hour lectures in at Auckland University. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times.