The Age of Chivalry: the Life of Edward III (1312 - 1377)
Tutor: Richard StoneCourse Code: 2419-07


The eventful fifty-year reign of Edward III saw the revival of chivalry and the restoration of national prestige following the disastrous reign of Edward II and the treachery of Roger de Mortimer. It was also when the Hundred Years War began…


Setting the scene by questioning the accepted version of events following the abdication of his father, we will follow the 17-year-old Edward’s audacious overthrow of his mother and Roger Mortimer. After this unlikely backdrop to an age of ‘chivalry’, we will wind the clock back to Edward’s childhood and consider the factors that shaped his character and influenced his vision of kingship and his love of pageantry. Domestic reforms will be explored along with the founding of the Knights of the Garter. We will examine Edward’s battle tactics in wars with Scotland and France, including his stunning victory at Crécy and the subsequent capture of Calais. Edward’s personal relationships with his wife, Philippa of Hainault; his children; and the mistress of his final years, Alice Perrers, will inform our story.  We will conclude with a consideration of Edward’s achievements and the legacy of his reign.

Please bring with you

A notebook and pen will be useful.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Richard is an experienced tutor and the author of several books on history. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Leicester.

15th to 16th Jun 2019
Saturday to Sunday


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"As usual, Richard has given us an excellently researched and fascinating course." (Summer School 2019)

"Most interesting." (Summer School 2019)