The Story of Portugal

Course: The Story of Portugal
Tutor: Chris Pollard
Start Date: 3rd January 2020
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 5th January 2020
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £338.00
Non Res Fee: £226.00 What's included?

Today, you would be forgiven for thinking that Portugal lives under the shadow of its bigger and better-known neighbour. The truth of its long and distinguished history is that nothing could be further from the truth. Join us as we put the record straight. It is true that much of the country's early history is shared with Spain. The Romans and the Moors contributed crucially to the origins of both countries' history and culture. By the 12th century Portugal began to develop a decisive independent spirit and by the 13th century existed as a sovereign nation in its own right. We shall follow the history of Portugal as it breaks away from Castile and, by the 15th century leads the western world in its exploration of the Orient. Vasco de Gama arrived in India decades before the Castilians set foot in the New World. We witness its legendary alliance with Engalnd as it leads the Iberian campaign against Napoleon. We shall explore the great cities of Lisbon and Porto (tasting its famous wine,of course), visit one of the oldest Universities in Europe in Coimbra and relate the fascinating history of the longest-lived Fascist Dictators until, in 1986, Portugal in catapulted into the modern age when it joins the European Union.

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Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard is a West Country man. He was educated in Devon and Durham, taught English in Spain and Spanish in Somerset. He has translated and directed for the stage and was a professional actor for three months. He lectures primarily on Hispanic matters and leads historical and cultural tours of Spain as well as leading language classes. In 1990 he set up Pollard Tours which has operated successfully for over 20 years and received plaudits from every quarter.  

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