Medieval courseI’m excited to share news of this new online medieval history course which is now available at and which is twenty-module course written by historian and author Toni Mount and narrated by Claire Ridgway (me!). What’s great about this course is that it is online and can be done at your own pace, so no worrying about attending classes at a certain time or missing lectures. Simply download the lectures and listen/read when it’s convenient, or listen online with streaming.

Here’s the blurb:

We always hear about medieval kings, queens and nobility, yet we rarely get to hear about the normal everyday people of the times. In this twenty-part course, historian Toni Mount outlines the daily routines and specialisms that various types of people had in the medieval era. Delving deep into her research on the subject and using primary sources, Toni has uncovered the names of specific, real people and uses records of their lives to give us an insight into what it was really like to live in the medieval world.

Carefully and lovingly narrated by Claire Ridgway, you’ll discover that life was more fun, more vivid and more difficult than you could possibly have imagined.

What was it like to live in the medieval era?

  • To be a wool merchant at a time when England was growing rich on the wool trade?
  • To be a farmer’s wife fitting in an immense number of tasks between dawn and dusk?
  • To live by “the rule” in a medieval convent?
  • To be an archer at the famous Battle of Agincourt? ……..

Through using the examples of real men and women from the period, along with financial records, recipes, legal cases, manuscripts, accounts and descriptions, Toni Mount has been able to build up detailed pictures of what life was like for many different members of medieval society.

The course includes nearly 10 hours of audio (both streaming and downloadable mp3 files), downloadable PDF transcripts of each lecture, end of unit quizzes, bibliography and further reading list, and end of course certificate.

Toni has done a fantastic job with this course, it really does bring the medieval period to life and I loved narrating her lessons – I learned so much! Many of you will know Toni from her books The Medieval Housewife & Other Women of the Middle Ages, Dragon’s Blood & Willow Bark: The Mysteries of Medieval Medicine, Everyday Life in Medieval London, and Richard III King of Controversy.

The usual price is $99 for lifetime access to the course but there is a special Christmas discount meaning that you pay just $49.50 if you buy it before 31st December 2015. There are also gift certificates available if you want to buy it as a gift for someone. Click here to go to the course website right now. There will be more courses coming in the New Year.

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13 thoughts on “New online course – Everyday Life of Medieval Folk”
  1. Hi,
    When does this course start? I am having knee surgery next month and need to if I will be able to listen to the audio at my own pace.
    Thank you.
    Cynthia Naden

    1. Hi Cynthia,
      It doesn’t have a set time, it’s all online and you can download the units or listen to them streaming at your own pace. Once you’ve paid for the course you have lifetime access, so you can leave it and go back to it, or do it again at a later date. It’s up to you.
      Best Wishes,

  2. This sounds like a very interesting course. Will I be able to download it on my ipad?

    Ginger (among the technologically challenged)

      1. Thanks, Claire, I will be signing up. Not sure how much $49 or $99 is but guess its about £45-£90, which is excellent value for a many weeks course, and you can take your time. If I did the equivalent at my local college, it would cost a lot more as it would be over two terms, even with a low income deduction, and if you missed a week, you can get the notes but you miss the talk. In this you don’t miss anything, I am very excited. I have not done a leisure course for a long time. Thanks for the information.

        1. I’ve just checked on and $49.50 is approximately £33. Yes, you can take your time over it. Each lecture is about 30 minutes of audio. Toni has done a brilliant job with it and there are lots more planned.

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