4794
Idaho
Medieval Murder Mysteries and Their Settings
Study the historical setting and literary art of detective fiction set in Medieval Times by Ellis Peters, Paul Doherty, Alys Clare and others.
Rating (5)
Program No. 4794RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
879

At a Glance

During the Middle Ages, English kings, nobles and ordinary people struggled with threats from abroad, natural disasters and each other. This colorful history is an alluring backdrop for writers of historical detective fiction. Ellis Peters' stories of Brother Cadfael pioneered the genre, and dozens of practitioners have since followed in the author’s footsteps. Authors like Candace Robb, Margaret Frazer, Kate Sedley, Sharon Kay Penman and Paul C. Doherty not only set their characters during the reign of one of England's medieval monarchs, but also reimagine history to paint a picture of what might have been. Explore the fascinating interplay of history and mystery, fact and imagination in these authors’ works and learn as well about the geology, economy and people of the Snake River Plain.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking. Monastery is at 4,000 feet elevation.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Immerse yourself in the colorful history of Medieval England and learn how contemporary detective fiction writers use it as a historical setting.
  • Enjoy visits to the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument headquarters and see the traces of the Oregon Trail
  • Join an expert for a float ride on the Snake River to look at the scenery and listen to the tales of local history.
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Susanna Lundgren
An enthusiastic teacher who has worked on many Road Scholar programs, Susanna Lundgren earned her B.A. at Reed College and her M.F.A. from Portland State University. She teaches art and art history at Warner-Pacific University in Portland, Oregon.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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