Athelstan - The First King of England: Deeds & Consequences

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Course: Athelstan - The First King of England: Deeds & Consequences
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 5th April 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £57.00 What's included?

He united the English nation and gave it an identity. He fought and won the greatest battle of the age. He was buried at Malmesbury, in the great monastery which he enriched and adorned, and whose saint he venerated. But, how much do we actually know about this famous figure? So much seems to be based on legend and supposition and unreliable sources. So, when we subtract these, what is left? During this day we shall unpick the threads and come a little closer to the real Athelstan.

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Tim Porter

Tim is an itinerant lecturer, with two subject areas: music and the Middle Ages. Trained originally in music, Tim worked as a composer in touring theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, but his studies, researches and explorations of medieval Britain always developed alongside. Tim’s theatre career moved gradually forward into adult education and he has been a WEA tutor for nearly 30 years and runs courses at several residential colleges in the ARCA network. He is a guest lecturer at museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups. He is a member of the NADFAS register, and speaks to history societies, music clubs, and organisations of many other types. Photography is another aspect of his works, and he has become well known for the atmospheric and unusual slides which he uses. For him, context is the key – whether relating a medieval building to its underlying landscape, or linking a symphony to the social background of a great musician, Tim believes in the power of the wider picture, and those lively connections that bring a subject into the light.

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