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William of Newburgh: Historia rerum anglicarum (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Fri., 6pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: William of Newburgh’s Historia rerum anglicarum is his narrative of events between the Norman Conquest into the reign of Richard II. Once acclaimed as ‘the father of historical criticism’, William is both a superb stylist in Latin and a penetrating critic of the role of the historian. His Historia details events including the Conquest and its aftermath, the Anarchy, the assassination of Thomas Becket, and fabulous stories such as the Green Children of Woolpit. This course will read excerpts from the first two books.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced Latin reading. No prior knowledge of Medieval Latin is assumed.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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John Weretka

John holds undergraduate and graduate qualifications in musicology, medieval history, art history, theology, and Latin, and is currently a doctoral student, engaged in a translation of and commentary on Sicard of Cremona's De Mitrale. He works in the early music stream of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and is the convenor of the University's Medieval Latin Reading Group. He has taught medieval texts, including Donizo's Vita Matilidis and Bede's Historia, for the Paideia Institute since early 2021.