The Hanseatic League


Residential course

Mike Hope

21 October 2022 to 23 October 2022

From £252 Non-residential fee

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We all have some vague notions about what the Hanseatic league was, when it thrived and where it was based. This course will set out to answer all these questions and more. From the political machinations, wars and treaties that took place from around c.1050 and for the next six hundred years, (it did not actually formally cease until 1878) it waxed and waned as a major international trading bloc. Its towns and cities rose and fell leaving behind a legacy of spectacular architecture and design. Its merchants were amongst the most fabulously wealthy people in Europe, their power and prestige being captured, in the case of the London Steelyard Merchants, in a series of stunning portraits by Holbein the Younger. Architecturally it was the Hanseatic league which introduced the concepts of the Renaissance into Northern Germany before the rest of Northern Europe.

Residential Fees From: £376.   Non Residential: £252

Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.

Tutor information

Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer spent over twenty-five years lecturing and holding senior management posts in four Universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and has spent over thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions. He is a lecturer for Travel Editions Art & History Abroad programme and indeed their Art History programmes here in the UK. He lectures regularly to many other organisations such as the Fine Art Society. He has, since 2010, run his own tour/lecture/research company, ‘Spirit of the Place – Cultural Tours with a Difference’. He also has his own publishing company, ‘Res Mirabilis’.

He is currently a member of the Exeter Diocesan Advisory Board and Advisor on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter.

Most recently (September 2021) he has been admitted as a Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

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