The Age of Discovery – The Early Navigators


Day course

Mike Shaw

7 September 2022


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This day course is the first of a series of standalone courses, which considers how our modern understanding of the world took shape.

The Ottoman conquest of the Levant cut Europe off from access to the Silk Route and spurred exploration of alternative routes to the Indies.

The course tells the story of Portuguese and latterly Spanish exploration of the Atlantic seaboards in search of access to the Indian Ocean and how this process, coupled with enhancements in ship design and new scientific understanding of the Earth’s place in the Universe, heralded the beginning of our Modern Age.

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.