England_Study AbroadEmbry-Riddle Prescott Study Abroad will host a for-credit trip to England this year, which will run through New Year's Eve in London. 

Study Abroad Offers Fall Course in England

Tue Feb 23, 2016 at 03:20 PM

England_Study AbroadEmbry-Riddle Prescott Study Abroad will host a for-credit trip to England this year, which will run through New Year's Eve in London.

Canterbury Cathedral, Windsor Caster, the Tower of London, the walled city of York … medieval England takes on new meaning and vibrancy with the opportunity to expand classroom learning by visiting these places, walking the halls and absorbing the history of structures that have stood in place for hundreds of years.

New Course Offering

SS399 Medieval England - 3 credits - with required travel to England
Non-student guests are welcome to attend the travel portion.

The course will be conducted as a weekly seminar during the fall semester with a required travel experience in England from late December 2016 into early January 2017. Both the seminar and the travel are required to complete the course.

Description, Goals, Expectations

The emphasis chronologically will be on the history of England from the Norman Conquest beginning in 1066 to the death of the last Plantagenet king in 1485. This period of English history saw developments in the English language, as well as the appearance of governmental structures such as parliament, local and central administrative structures, and methods of taxation.

Culturally, there were monuments of architecture that still survive, the literary works of writers such as Chaucer, Langland, Lydgate and Hoccleve, paintings such as the Wilton Dyptich and the portrait of Edward Grimston and a multitude of manuscript illuminations, legal monuments in the development of court structures and laws, as well as such documents as Magna Carta and Lyndwood’s Provinciale.

There was folk music and the polyphonic music of composers such as Power and Dunstable. It was a time of wars: the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses. It was a time of religious conformity, but with challenges like the ideas of the Oxford theologian John Wycliffe. These things and more will be woven into a course that investigates England on the eve of the colonial expansion of English culture to the new world.

Seminar study complemented by a period in England will enhance and enrich the life of every participant.


Compton Reeves, professor emeritus (Ohio University), and Adjunct Professor (ERAU). Dr. Reeves is an internationally recognized historian of medieval Britain, has published extensively in his field and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Contact: Professor Reeves, at reevesa5@erau.edu, or Dr. Kelly O’Brien, at obrienk3@erau.edu.

For more information on this program or other Study Abroad programs, please contact the Director of Study Abroad at obrienk3@erau.edu.

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