Coming in April of 2019

Join Mike Bevel, director of the Bethesda Library’s Classics in Context program, in April of 2019 for a six-part lecture on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall.

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In addition to an in-depth discussion of the text, attendees will also have a chance to discuss:

  • Is there truth and objectivity with regards to history? Personal history?
  • How are we sure we know what we know?
  • What would life have been like for someone living in the Tudor era?
  • Can conflicting truths exist?
  • How can one survive under a tyrant?

The proposed dates/times for the lectures are still being worked out; however, my plan is to offer a Thursday evening and a Saturday morning in the same week. Attendees can come to as many classes as they want, and can make up classes by coming to other sessions.

Each class is between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

Week 1: Thursday, 4 April 2019, 7.00 p.m. | Saturday, 6 April 2019, 10 a.m.

  • Part 1, Chapters 1 – 3 | Meeting the Dead Looking Alive

Week 2: Thursday, 11 April 2019, 7.00 p.m. | Saturday, 13 April 2019, 10 a.m.

  • Part 2, Chapters 1 – 3 | An Occult History of Britain

Week 3: Thursday, 18 April 2019, 7.00 p.m. | Saturday, 20 April 2019, 10 a.m.

  • Part 3, Chapters 1 – 3 | Entirely Beloved Cromwell

Week 4: Thursday, 25 April 2019, 7.00 p.m. | Saturday, 27 April 2019, 10 a.m.

  • Part 4, Chapters 1 – 3 | “Alas What Shall I Do for Love?”

Week 5: Thursday, 2 May 2019, 7.00 p.m. | Saturday, 4 May 2019, 10 a.m.

  • Part 5, Chapters 1 – 3 | Anna Regina

Week 6: Thursday, 9 May 2019, 7.00 p.m. | Saturday, 11 May 2019, 10 a.m.

  • Part 6, Chapters 1 – 3 | To Wolf Hall

Enrollment is limited to 30 people for the in-person course. Having read the novel before attending is recommended, but not a requirement. Each class will have handouts. Recorded sessions will be available on this site after 11 May 2019.

Tuition is $75 for six classes. However, you can take advantage of Early Bird pricing and sign up before 1 February 2019 for $50.

For questions about the class, reach out via email.