Europe – In The Age of Discovery


Day course

Mike Shaw

24 October 2020


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With the eastern Mediterranean effectively a Turkish lake, the Portuguese, denied access to these markets and beyond, began a series of voyages to discover a new route to the Indies around Africa. An accidental consequence of this process was the discovery of the New World and the advanced civilisations of Central and South America ripe for plunder. More profoundly, the twin impellents of maritime commerce and scientific discovery brought about a radical questioning of the founding assumptions of Christendom.

The series can be booked as a whole with a discount or as separate courses.

Tutor information

Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for over 30 years and has been a keen student of history all his life. A regular contributor to the Dillington programme, he has an interest in the history of the continent as a whole, particularly where western and slavic cultures have been impacted. A frequent independent traveller through the whole continent, he explores how trading networks flourished from the earliest times despite the countervailing demands of religion and tribal security. He offers rare insights into how historical perspectives have influenced more recent events. More importantly however, it is the way he tells the story.

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.