Europe – The Hapsburgs Ascendant


Day course

Mike Shaw

1 September 2021


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This course restarts the series that considers European history in the round and considers the European balance of power in the 16th century.

With the Reconquista complete, adventurers in the employ of the newly-united Spanish crown exploited and repatriated the gold and silver of indigenous American civilisations. With the accession of Charles of Hapsburg and religious ferment brewing in German lands, a weakened Christendom lay prey to Ottoman invasion under Suleiman the Magnificent. This threat was played out in the Balkans, Danubian and Mediterranean theatres in the Sieges of Vienna, Rhodes and Malta and the great naval battle of Lepanto – all against the backdrop of Reformation and Hapsburg ascendency.

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.