Chaucer’s World




Residential course

Mark Cottle

19 November 2021 to 21 November 2021

From £233 Non-residential fee

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Chaucer’s life (c.1343-1400) spanned a fascinating period of English history.  The 14th century was a century of change and crisis but also a time of impressive cultural achievement.

The course will explore Chaucer’s world with reference to the great themes of the age: the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt and the emergence of heresy in the form of Wycliff and the Lollards. After looking at Chaucer’s life and his Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, we will explore these themes in turn. The course will also focus on the cultural achievements of the period: its music, art and architecture.

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

Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.

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.