Online learning is becoming more and more popular. While there is a huge range of university-run and open online courses to choose from these days, most of them are structured as entry-level courses and are designed for the complete novice. Well-read history enthusiasts may find some of the courses on offer rather less advanced than they would like. I was very pleased to see the first course from Medieval Courses, “Everyday Life of Medieval Folk”, offers a truly exhaustive and beautifully-crafted look at medieval society. The course is the product of two of our favourite historians, designed by popular historian Toni Mount and narrated by Tudor Society founder and best-selling author Claire Ridgway.

“Everyday Life of Medieval Folk” takes the student on an adventure into the lives of different medieval folk, a little like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Each of the twenty units is based on real people from contemporary records, Nuns, Grocers, Archers, Scribes and Illuminators and so many more. Each unit consists of one comprehensive thirty minute lecture, with download and stream available, a well-formatted transcript for reference and a quiz to complete each unit. There are no fussy modules and sub-modules within units. There are no deadlines for enrolling or for completion, so you can begin the course when it suits you and take it at your own pace, and you have access to the courses for life. For further study there is a suggested reading page plus a comprehensive bibliography page. Each student also receives a certificate of completion.

“Everyday Life of Medieval Folk” brings you an extensively detailed and wonderfully diverse overview of medieval society; this is real social history with real stories about real people.

To celebrate its launch Medieval Courses is offering a Christmas special, 50% off the entire “Everyday Life of Medieval Folk”course for all new students. Gift certificates are also available. Click on the banner below to go to the course overview.


About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.