All times noted are Eastern Time (ET). Today's session will start at 2:00 p.m. and end at 4:20 p.m. as it includes Orientation. The day before each session, the instructor will send you a handout by email that will accompany the lecture. He will also recommend any extra reading or background research that could complement the day's themes.
Orientation. At 2:00 p.m. (ET), our resident expert and Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date schedule and any changes, discuss Zoom meeting protocol and technical instructions, and answer any questions you may have. This Orientation session will last approximately 30 minutes. We’ll then have a lecture (30 minutes) on the history of the Normandy region, from its Viking founders, to the influence of the Norman conquests of England and Sicily. We will look at the influence of the Hundred Years War and learn the fascinating story of Joan of Arc, a symbol of French nationhood and freedom to this day. Our virtual field trip (60 minutes) will begin with a “visit” to the Viking tombs in Rouen’s Cathedral. Next, we’ll visit the Bayeux Cathedral, which was the first home of the Bayeaux Tapestry. The tapestry depicts more than seventy scenes preceeding the Norman conquest of England and is thought to have been embroidered in the 11th century. This magnificent piece of history is now housed in the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux. Afterwards, we’ll journey to Mont Saint Michel to learn about the history of pilgrimages, followed by a visit to the market square of Rouen and the city of Caen, William the Conqueror’s capital. We’ll end the day with an open discussion with questions and answers about the history of Normandy.