Course Overview

In the modern mind a castle is an impressive structure of high walls and towers.  A moat and a drawbridge complete the picture. Not so. Castles began as a single stone tower with a rope ladder.  Not much better than the peasants’ huts which surrounded it. As castles became larger and more imposing, they were cold, damp, and reeked of human waste. People relieved themselves in convenient corners or sat on a board suspended over the moat below. Wait! How did a moat enter the picture?  By the time of Henry VIII, the royal posterior made a deposit through a hole in a velvet-covered chair called “the throne.”  Sound familiar? Join us for the transition in housing from primitive castles clustered by serfs’ huts to urban homes filled with newfangled ideas such as private bedrooms, mattresses, bureau drawers, and the first flush toilet. You just might decide against owning a castle - even today.
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In-Person Class
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Aug 01, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $25.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 29, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 29, 2024

Additional Information

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry. Masks are recommended.

A current OLLI Membership is required to register for this course, please click here to add to your cart. Please purchase one membership per account.

This class is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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