The Thirty Year War and the Rise of Bourbon France


Day course

Mike Shaw

23 October 2021


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This continuing series of standalone day courses considers European history in the round.

The course considers Europe in the 17th century. The Reformation and counter-reformation that had preoccupied northern Europe for much of the previous century culminated in the Thirty Years War.  Fought initially for religious freedom, it mutated into a power struggle by proxy between Bourbon France and the Hapsburg-dominated Empire across the cockpit of the German lands which were devastated in the process.

With peace finally restored by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, a Europe of nation states began to take form and much of the latter part of the century was framed by the need to contain French territorial ambitions.

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.