The Enigma of Edward II

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Course: The Enigma of Edward II
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 26th April 2019
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £58.00 What's included?

Tyrant, playboy, victim – all these terms have been applied to this misfit of a monarch. How much blame must attach to his father, the austere, driven Edward I? And how did English people react to young Edward himself, with his easygoing ways and bisexual lifestyle? Some felt he had the “common touch”, others sought to drag him down. Edward’s life-story is among the most dramatic in history: this day course is an attempy to tell it as plainly as possible. 

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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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