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Welsh history and its sources free course icon Level

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Welsh history and its sources

This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study materials, links to some of the most important institutions that contribute to our understanding of the history of Wales, and a pool of resources that can help you understand Welsh history and the way it is studied. Included in the material is a taster of the Open University course Small country, big history: themes in the history of Wales (A182).

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25 hrs
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Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400 - 1900

Ever wanted to understand the key themes driving over five hundred years of European history? In this album, architecture reveals the social, religious and economic fortunes of some of the most influential people between 1400 and 1900. By the end of the 19th century Queen Victoria presided over the vast British Empire. She looked out from London, the heart of her empire, with its buildings echoing Imperial Rome. Brussels’ architecture, like London’s, was also designed to show the world the power and imagination of its 19th century king, Leopold the 1st. Architecture was also used in the medieval period to show devotion to God or simply to signal wealth and authority. The wealthy French nobleman, Jacques Coeur, completed his imposing palace in 1450 and Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick’s chapel not only reflects contemporary ideas about death and salvation but also the status of one of the most powerful English noblemen of the 15th century. This material is taken from The Open University course A200 Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400 - 1900.

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A 12th Century love affair

Rachel Gibbons explores the life of Peter Abelard, and his writing of Historia Calamitatum (Story of His Misfortunes)

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Medieval history: Ancestral life audio discussion

Robert Bartlett and Rachel Gibbons discuss the surprising ways in which our ancestors' lives were not that different from ours - and the ways in which they were

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30 mins
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Timewatch: The Greatest Knight

Timewatch presenter and military historian, Dr Saul David, delves deep into the violent world of the medieval melee tournament.

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Timewatch: The Greatest Knight: Audio discussion

Timewatch set out to tell the true story of one of the Knights of old. For Saul David, it would mean taking his life in his hands...

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45 mins
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The making of Tournament 7: Cross-channel ferrying

The shoot seems to be enjoying a charmed life - but luck can't hold...

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The making of Tournament 5: From Cheapside to Soho House

Saul visits Cheapside, London, and then flies to New York as he works on a programme about medieval tournaments.

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The making of Tournament 1: Introducing William Marshall

A member of the Timewatch team embarks on a scary voyage of discovery.

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Landscape Mysteries - Programme 8:The Terraces of Avalon

For many years, one of the mysteries surrounding Glastonbury has been the origin of a series of stepped terraces on the tor. Were they part of a Neolithic worshipping ground, and are they a clue to the myths and legends which have long been linked to Glastonbury?

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How modern is the modern British menu?

Chef Gordon Ramsay is very sceptical about historical recipes – he just doesn’t believe they actually work! Ever Wondered sent him to find out more at a 15th century farmstead, a part of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester

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