Events List for Study Days

Study Days are CANCELLED

Following government advice we have cancelled Study Days in March, April and May.  We will review June and July nearer the time and ticket sales are on hold.  Obviously there will be refunds for everyone affected – I will be contacting everyone who has booked in due course. 

Click on the titles below for more details of each Study Day.

All bookings will now be done via this website, and we have also added the option to pay on-line via credit/debit cards as well as via cheque and bank transfer. If you get stuck or make a mess of it email Cliff and he will be happy to unravel anything for you.

  • Select the number of places required for ONE of the events
  •  click on ‘Add to/View Event Cart
  • Repeatedly return to the Events List to add further Study Days ONE at a time and click on Add to/View Event Cart‘ each time
  • You can delete or add extra places for an event in the Event Cart using the plus and minus symbols
  • Once you have selected all your events click on  ‘Proceed to Registration‘

Please remember to ‘Add to the Event Cart’  ONE day at a time.  Do not select all your Study Days and then attempt to ‘Add to the Event Cart’.

PayPal provide the on-line banking service for us.  If you don’t have a PayPal account, just click on the bottom box ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ and you will prompted for the normal card details etc.If necessary you may also pay by cheque or bank transfer as before.



King Henry VIII was a great jouster and skilled swordsman, and he was fond of showing off his knightly prowess. But he only ever fought one field battle, ‘The Battle of the Spurs’, against the French in 1513. This to an Anglo-French peace-treaty, which was followed, in 1520, by an attempt to outlaw all war between Christian kingdoms. At the Field of Cloth of Gold, in the Pas de Calais, Henry met the French King Francis I in a lavish courtly spectacle. The meeting took the form of an enormous tournament, with jousts and other supposedly friendly combats taking place over more than two weeks. Despite being one of the most famous events in Tudor history, the nature of the martial contests themselves has remained largely mysterious. In this study-day we shall delve into this oft-misunderstood subject, to uncover both the splendour and the sinister undertones of this extraordinary moment of history.

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Through the window of Old English poetry, we can begin to glimpse the richness of the great word-hoard of heroic verse which once existed in early England.  We shall attempt to chart the historical and geographical scope of this lost world of legend, which can help to illuminate the pre-history of the English-speaking peoples, such as Offa of Old Anglia, the glorious Goths, and Wéland (Wayland) the Wonder-Smith, Lord of Elves.

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Please remember to ‘add to the event cart’  ONE day at a time.  Do not select all your Study Days and then attempt to ‘Add to the Event Cart’.

PayPal provide the on-line banking service for us.  If you don’t have a PayPal account, just click on the bottom box ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ and you will prompted for the normal card details etc.