Chaucer’s World


Residential course

Mark Cottle

12 March 2021 to 14 March 2021

From £233 Non-resident fee. Includes excursion.

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Chaucer’s life spanned a fascinating period of English history with much change and crisis, it was also however, a period of impressive cultural achievement.

This course will explore Chaucer’s world with reference to the great themes of the 14th century i.e. the Hundred Years War with France, the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt and the emergence of heresy in the form of Wycliff and the Lollards.  After looking at Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, we will examine these themes in turn.

The course includes a trip to Exeter Cathedral, arguably the greatest of England’s decorated Gothic Cathedrals. We will also include something of the art and music of the period.

Residential Fees From: £348.   Non Residential: £233

Tutor information

Mark Cottle was born in the Scilly Isles, educated at Truro School in Cornwall and was a graduate of Birmingham University with a Masters Degree in late Medieval History. Mark has spent over 20 years lecturing in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor history in further and higher education.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.