$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time for discussion to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Friday, June 18 at 1:00 pm EST
  • Sunday, June 27 at 11:00 am EST

Who are the heroes that make up Normandy’s storied past? A thousand years ago, William Duke of Normandy and his troops conquered England, making him the richest man in the world. The invasion impacted English language and culture forever. How did the heart of Richard the Lionheart, a King of England, end up buried in the Norman town of Rouen? The heroine Joan of Arc was only 19 years old when she was martyred there. These are all historical icons, but more recently, the Saving Private Ryan film made dramatic use of Norman history, too, with the story of the Niland brothers, two of whom lost their lives in WWII. Normandy is the backdrop to some of France’s most well-known stories about itself— in art, books, and film. We’ll unpack what’s true and what’s legend, and discover where precisely those histories are still visible today.

You will:

  • Get an entertaining introduction to the main figures of Norman history, still a palpable part of the region today.
  • Learn about the impact of Normans who conquered England.
  • Hear why Joan of Arc is a key heroine and one of Rouen’s most famous figures.
  • See how popular culture depictions of Normandy in both film and TV use these rich stories to dramatic ends.

Your educator, Ed Klein, used his MA in Business to work with various organizations and NGOs for a decade, before his career shift to the arts. After deciding to share his passion for art and history as an educator, Ed studied at both the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts and the École du Louvre, in his hometown of Paris. As a professional guide, Ed has led hundreds of visitors to historical sites in Normandy, Paris, Versailles, and throughout France.

You can also sign up for our series Get Ready for Normandy.

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Image: Detail from Bayeux Tapestry showing Bishop Odo rallying William the Conqueror’s troops at the Battle of Hastings, between 1070 and 1080, Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

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