Avis Saltsman's & Ken Baldry's Talks - List of lectures available

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Avis & Ken have lectures available on.....

Modern Art



Family History

.....which they are willing to give to societies & U3As in the London area & on Cruise Ships.

The talks are given with images projected by a video projector (they can bring one if needed) or to a modern, flat-screen telly attached to their laptop computers. Some of the talks also have built-in musical examples &, if your premises does not have one, Ken can bring a decent portable speaker system.

If you would like them to give a talk, contact them by e-mail on this link or by telephone on 020 7359 6294.

As they are crumblies, they do not have travel expenses in the London Freedom Pass area & do not charge for talks. They have given talks to the University of the Third Age, two mental health charities, old peoples' clubs, clubs for the disabled & on cruise ships.

These talks last for about 50,minutes, leaving time in a one-hour slot for questions

History Talks

Ancient History

1. Pre-historic Britain to 800BC

Correcting some of the rubbish we were taught at school about us being woad-covered savages.

2. Egypt to 1525BC

From the Stone Age to the New Kingdom.

3. The Fertile Crescent

From the Stone Age to Cyrus the Persian.

4. Egypt from 1525BC to 525BC

From the New Kingdom to the last native Pharaoh.

5. Early Greece to 479BC

From the Stone Age to beating the Persians.

6. The Phoenicians and Carthage to 264BC

7. The Jews

From 1,800BC to 4BC.

8. Greece from 479BC to Alexander the Great

From the Stone Age to beating the Persians.

Greece & Rome

9. Early Rome to 202BC

From the founding through into the Republic.

10. The consequences of Alexander the Great

From his death to 30BC in Syria and Egypt.

11. Rome from 202BC to 44BC

The Republic destoys itself.

12. Augustus from 44BC & the Empire to 37AD

The beginning of the Empire.

13. Britain and the Roman Conquest 500BC to 96AD

From 500BC via Julius Caesar to Agricola's 'pacification' efforts.

14. Caligula to Nero. Rome from 37 to 64

15. Christianity until the end of the Western Roman Empire

Origins and history, including schisms and persecutions

16. Rome from 64 to 98

17. The Good Emperors and bad things 98 to 193

18. The Severans and anarchy. Rome 193 to 270)

19. The Roman Empire Recovers 270 - 368

20. The Fall of the Western Roman Empire

...from about 370 - 476AD

The Dark Ages

21. Dalriada and Alba

Scotland from after the Western Roman Empire to King David I

22. King Arthur

Fact, legend and Music, not quite the same as the Music talk version.

23. Dark Age England from King Arthur to 800

24. Franks and Goths

Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal after the fall of the Western Roman Empire until about 714AD

25. The Eastern Roman Empire from the Fall of the West to 628

26. Islam arrives

...from Mohammed to the fall of the Umayyads in 750AD

27. The Greek (Byzantine) Empire from 628 to 750

28. Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to 924

29. Italy from the 535 to 1012

Into the Middle Ages

30. England from 800 until the Norman Conquest

31. Greeks and Arabs from 780 to 888

32. The Vikings from 792 to 1060

33. Venice to 1162

34. Spain from 759 to 1109

35. Greeks and Arabs from 888 to 1072

36. France from 920 & Holy Roman Empire to 1025

37. Forgotten Peoples

More about some peoples mentioned in passing in other talks:
Burgundians; Gepids; some other Germans; Lombards and the astonishing story of the Normans in Italy.

38. The Normans in England from 1066 to 1135

39. From 1027 and 1st Crusade

40. Scotland from David I to David II

41. 12th Century Part 1

After the 1st Crusade, Hungary, the Holy Roman Empire & the Byzantine Empire to 1146.

42. 12th Century Part 2

The English Anarchy, Louis VII of France, 2nd Crusade, Spain & Portugal to about 1160

43. Holy Orders

44. King Henry II of England

45. Iberia 1109 - 1217

The little kingdoms of Spain and Portugal against the Moors.

46. The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the 3rd Crusade

47. 12th Century Part 3

Russia, Poland, Hungary, The Greeks, Venice, Iberia & England to 1199

48. The Worst Crime of the Middle Ages

The German Crusade, the German Civil War, the criminal 4th Crusade & Latin Empire, Hungary Bulgaria & King John of England.

49. More Crusades

50. Germany 1200 - 1298

51. Points East

The rise of the Mongols, their conquests in Asia & invasion of Europe

52. Scandinavia & France to 1229

...with civil wars & the Albigensian Crusade•

53. King Henry III of England

...with something about Art & Matthew Paris

54. Iberia 1212 - 1285

55. Traders

The Hanseatic League & Marco Polo, part one

56. More Mongols & Marco Polo, part two

57. The Eastern Front 1240 - 1339

Russia, Poland, Hungary, the Byzantines and the Tartars

58. King Edward I of England & King Philip IV of France

59. Scandinavia to 1375

60. Iberia 1285 to 1350ish

61. England & the 100 years War, part One

62. Scandinavia 1340 - 1470

63. 100 Years War after the Black Death 1350 - 1380

64. The Holy Roman Empire etc 1328 to 1420ish

The Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland & their connexions in Italy.

65. Religion & other Troubles 1400 - 1480

Popes & anti-Popes, Jan Hus, the Kingdom of Naples & early Renaissance Art

66. Timur, Russia, Lithuania & Hussites 1370 - 1437

...or Tamerlaine & did you have any idea how important Lithuania would become?

67. England and France from 1360 - 1396

68 England and France 1396 - 1415

69. Agriculture & other popular culture

Farming, markets, football, literacy and science

70. England's downfall in France 1415 - 1453

Defeat in the 100 Years War

The Renaissance's great leaps forward

71. Northern Italy and Empires

The little City States of Northern Italy, Venice, Serbia, Switzerland, the Eastern Front & the Fall of Constantinople

72. Iberia 15thC

The Moors are in a box & the Portuguese go exploring by sea.

73. The Dreadful reign of Henry VI of England

...and the Wars of the Roses until the apparent Yorkist victory.

74. France, Burgundy & Russia

The struggle of Burgundy to re-create Lotharingia. Russia grows up & Poland rises

75. Stewart Scotland from David II to James I and VI 1371 - 1603

76. The Wars of the Roses part two

King Edward IV, King Richard III, King Henry VII wins but struggles with revolts

77. East Europe, Russia & Italy

Poland, Hungary, Bohemia & the rise of Russia, Naples & Italy, Turks & the French invasion of Italy.

78. The Renaissance-1

Petrarch, Boccaccio, Campin, van Eyck, van der Weyden, Memling, Petrus Chritus, Masaccio, Brunelleschi & Piero della Francesca

79. Iberia from 1460 - 1500

Portugal & Spain. The navigators go to sea from Bristol, Portugal & Columbus.

80. The Renaissance-2

Uccelo, Lippi, da Messina, Botticelli with music by Binçois & Ockeghen

The Early Modern period

81. Leonardo da Vinci

The Universal Genius

82. Iberia, Italy and Habsburgs

The Portuguese Empire, the Habsburgs move on Spain, Italian wars, Switzerland, Venice & the Borgias

83. Scandinavia 1470 - 1533 and England 1500 - 1521

The breaking of the Kalmar Union & King Henry VII of England

84. Dürer & Raphael

The German print-maker & the 'Marmite' painter

85. Michaelangelo & the rebuilding of St.Peter's, Rome

86. East Europe 1457 - 1530ish

87. God problems

The lead up to, & the early Reformation to 1531

88. King Henry VIII of England

89. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to 1540

90. Loose ends from the early 16th Century

Portugal. The Spanish in South America. Ongoing religious wars.

91. The later Tudors

Edward IV & Mary

92. Lucas Cranach

Mostly 'the Elder'

93. Ivan the Terrible

94. Suleiman the Magnificent

The Ottoman Sultan

95. Elizabeth I of England & Philip II of Spain

....to the 1588 Armada

96. Ferdinand & France

The Holy Roman Emperor, the Catholic Church & French Wars of Religion with music

97. More about matters Religious

More French Wars, contemporary religious beliefs, science & Titian

98. Elizabeth and Philip part 2

England & Spain

99. The Baltic & East from the later 16th Century

More Astronomy, Sweden & Poland & Russia's Time of Troubles

100. Later 16th Century Arts

Corregio, Anguissola, Fontana, Longhi, Galizia & Caravaggio

101. Italy & Turks

The small states of Italy, the Turks after Suleiman & some music

102. History of Italian Opera

A broad sweep from 1598 to 1985

The 17th Century

103. The Thirty Years War 1618 - 1648

The run-up in France, Netherlands & Sweden, then, the horror

104. Early Stuarts in England

Elizabethan Poor Law, James I & IV, Charles I's early reign

105. Peter Paul Rubens

106. France & Spain early 17thC

107. Points East 17thC

Russia, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth & Turks

108. Rembrandt

The Greatest Painter

109. England under Charles I

From 1628, through the 11 Years Tyranny to 1642

110. Civil War in England

The First War from 1642 to 1646.

111. The English Civil War part 2

The Second War, the trial & execution of Charles I & the war in Ireland

112. Venice and Turks

The protracted war over Crete, other contributors & knock-on effects.

113. England - The Commonwealth and Restoration

114. The Spanish Artists El Greco and Velasquez

El Greco was (guess what?) Greek but worked mainly in Spain.

115. Western Europe 1650-1668

Mostly France, Spain, the Dutch, Portugal & a bit about England.

116. Switzerland from 1291 - 1653

From the founding of the Eydtgnosschafft to the Hüttwil League

117. East from 1645, West from 1667 to 1674

Much about Russia + Poland, the Turks, the Dutch & Louis XIV of France then, some pictures by Vermeer

118. The Dutch Golden Age

Dutch artists: Hals & Ruysdael, with contemporary music.

119. Scandinavia and England

1660 -1699 in Scandinavia & King Charles II in England & the advance of Science.

120. Henry Purcell 1659 - 1695

The greatest English composer & at that time, the greatest living composer.

121. Europe 1664 - 1690

Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, the Turks, Russia & back to France

122. James II of the UK & the Glorious Revolution

The Catholic king, his removal & WilliamnMary, the joint monarchs plus the Agricultural Revolution.

123. At the Court of Louis XIV

...& a catch-up on the Turks

The 18th Century's great leaps forward

124. The War of the Spanish Succession

...from the death of King Carlos II of Spain without issue.

125. Queen Anne of Britain

A one-time disparaged monarch who did very well.

126. Peter the Great of Russia to 1718

...& his involvement with Karl (Charles) XII of Sweden & August “the Strong” of Poland

127. Early 18th Century

The Turks are pushed back further. French & English monarchs change & find themselves allies.

128. 18thC economics & Events to 1740

Bad investments in Britain & France. British politics Poland, Sweden & the end of Peter the Great.

129. Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750

His Life & Works with copious musical examples & pictures.

130. Denmark, Italy & Portugal

A catch-up before the War of the Austrian Succession

131. William Hogarth

The painter, print-maker & satirist who shows us what 18th Century England looked like.

132. France & Prussia

France catches up with 1740, then all hell lets loose (again) with the War of the Austrian Succession.

133. The Enlightenment

134. The Jacobites

So-called “Bonnie” Prince Charlie's revolt & what happened to him.

135. The Seven Year's War part One

1754 to 1758 in North America & in Mainland Europe, Friedrich der Grosse versus Maria Therase of Austria.

136. The Seven Year's War part Two

1759 to 1763 in India & in Mainland Europe (yes, 9 years)..

137. Witches

A history of Witchcraft until the demise of it as a crime in the late 18th Century.

138. Joseph Haydn 1732 - 1809, the Father of so much

The life & works of the most underestimated of the top 6 composers

139. Pirates

The curse of piracy over the centuries.

140. Gainsborough and Reynolds

Rival British painters of the middle 18th Century/p>

141. Energy

Sources of energy up to the early Industrial Revolution

142. The Pacific Ocean

British exploration.

143. After the Seven Years War

Events mostly to the East of Europe up to 1789

144. The North-West Passage

The fascinating search over nearly four centuries for a quick route to China.

145. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The life & works of a leading 18thC composer.

146. France to 1783

France's financial problems to 1783

147. The American War of Independence

....from Britain with a little help from France

148. Other players to 1789

Scandinavia, Russia, South America, the Netherlands, Britain & France

149. Slavery in the 18th Century

The success of the movements to abolish the slave trade with a catch-up on earlier abolitionist attempts.

150. Angelike Kauffman & Elizabeth Vigée leBrun

Two major women painters of the late 18th & early 19th Centuries

The Birth-pangs of Modern Europe

151. The French Revolution

France 1789 to 1791

152. Reactions to the French Revolution

....in Scandinavia, Prussia, Austria & Britain with France to 1793

153. The Reign of Terror

France (mostly Paris) from June 2nd 1793 to July 28th 1794

154. Poland & Catherine the Great

The disappearance of Poland, the death of Catherine & the first few years of Tsar Pavel (Paul)

155. After 9 Thermidor

France after the coup against Robespierre

156. During the French Directory

Events in England & in Ireland. France under the Directory. Wars to the Treaty of Campo Formio.

157. Caspar David Friedrich

The birth of Romanticism in Germany

158. The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte

From his Egyptian Expedition, the War of the 2nd Coalition & the Irish Revolt

159. Ludwig van Beethoven

The greatest composer yet.

160. The War of the Second coalition part Two

1799 The French in Italy, actions in the Netherlands, South Germany & Iberia to the Peace of Amiens in 1802

161. John Constable

The British proto-impressionist painter

162. JMW Turner

Constable's great rival, a harbinger of abstraction

163. King George III of Britain & Europe after the Peace of Amiens

This includes George III's early life story

164. Napoleon's years of success

From 1803 to 1808

165. The Peninsular War part One

The war up to the Summer of 1809 & the Austrians declare War on France

166. The Peninsular War part Two

1809 to 1812

167. Napoleon's big mistake

Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Wellington's advance in Spain. The doings of the French emigrès.

168. The Fall of Napoleon

The campaign in Germany 1813 & the first restoration of Louis XVIII.

169. The Congress of Vienna

...interrupted by Napoleon's 100 days. The later doings of the Bonaparte Family.

170. The History of the Waltz

171. Clearing up after Napoleon

Repression under the restored Ancien Regimes. The British search for royal heirs.

The 19th Century from 1815 to 1860ish

172. Europe 1815 - 1823

More repression but revolutionary stirrings.

173. Franz Schubert

The composer, best known for his songs, who came to maturity through the repression

174. The 1820s to 1830 all over Europe

A Cook's tour of Britain, the Netherlands, Prussia, France, Austria, Russia, Britain again, Greece, Britain again, Portugal & Spain.

175. Science 1800

A brief look at huge advances from semi-Medieval Chemistry & Physics to something recognisable today.

176. 1830 - Year of Revolutions part One

France started it. Then, Sweden & Scandinavia, Belgium, Greece & Poland.

177. Hector Berlioz

France’s greatest composer so far.

178. 1830 - Year of Revolutions part Two

Britain’s two peaceful revolutions, the Zollverein, Portugal & Brazil, Spain’s civil war & Portugal’s civil war.

179. 1830 - Year of Revolutions part Three

Italy, German intellectual life, Britain, Egypt, More from Britain, France & Serbia

180. Robert Schumann

The Romantic Revolution in Music.

181. The 1840s

Austria & Hungary, Turkey & Egypt, Britain & Ireland, More about Egypt, France, Spain & Portugal, Russia & the Netherlands

182. The Barbizon school and Courbet

French painting between the 1st Revolution & the Impressionists

183. The Year 1848 part One

Revolutions almost everywhere until June 1848

184. Railways

....& other technical advances.

185. Cholera

....& advances in medicine & hygiene

186. Richard Wagner

The Romantic Revolution in Opera.

187. The Year 1848 part Two

Revolutions almost everywhere after June 1848 but not doing so well

188. British Colonial ventures

Contention with the Boers in South Africa, David Livingstone, Opium Wars in China & More Conquest of India

189. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

One of only two British Modern Art movements

190. 1850s and Crimean War

The background to & the conduct of the war from 1854 to 1856

191. The Indian Mutiny

...or the 1st War of Independence if you are Indian. the 1857 revolt against British Rule.

Nations unified & the rise of Nationalism

192. The Risorgimento

How Italy largely united by 1865

193. Iberia and Germany

From the mistule of Isabella II of Spain & her overthrow. An update on Portugal.
The Russians crush the Polish Revolt, aided by the Prussians, who crush the Danes & Austrians.

194. Napoleon III

Not as great as his alleged uncle but a lot better than most people think until captured in the Franco-Prussian War.

195. Franz Liszt

A great pianist who never stopped evolving as a composer & who would do anything for anyone.

196. Paul Cezanne

The Father of Modern Art & the greatest painter since Rembrandt.

197. Europe to 1871

The Turks after the Crimean War, Britain after the Indian Mutiny, Austria & Romania after 1849 & France until March 1871

198. France, Ireland and the Balkans

The Paris Commune & the revival of France. The rise of nationalism in Ireland & the Balkans.

199. The Impressionists

Monet, Renoir, Sisley & Pissarro with their inspirations Boudin & Manet.

200. Scandinavia to World War One

The more-or-less self-contained history of Sweden, Norway & Denmark, with an excursion into Evolution.

201. Edvard Grieg

Norway's greatest composer & the rise of nationalism in music.

The Age of Imperialism

202. Balkan Wars & the Great Carve-up

The Russo-Turkish war & knock-on events. The Great Powers carve up Africa & other parts of the World.

203. Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Russia's greatest composer, so far.

204. Africa 1863-1885

Goings on the the European Powers up to the Congress of Berlin

205. Iberia and Russia to 1890

Sorting out the mess after the Glorious Revolution in Spain. The reign of Alexanders II & III

206. Vincent Van Gogh

The beginning of Expressionism in visual art

207. France, Austria and Britain

Catching up om France & Britain. Scandal in Austria.

208. The Great Powers mid-1890s

Great Power rivalries before the turn of the Century events

209. Gustav Mahler 1860 - 1911

The composer who took the path from Romanticism to Expressionism

210. The Dreyfus Affair

A military scandal. The first great showdown between republican & reactionary forces in France

211. The Boer War

Britain conquers the Boer (Dutch) Republics in South Africa

212. Iberia and Russia go into the 20th Century

Spain loses Cuba & the Philippines. Anarchists are active at home. The Spanish find themselves at war with the USA & lose.
Portugal has a Republican Party & a new King. They get into a row with Britain in Africa but the perpetual Friendship Treaty holds.
In Russia, Tsar Nicholas upsets everyone. Japan modernises. Russia gets into a war with Japan & is whacked.

213. Edward Elgar 1857 - 1934

Perhaps England’s joint greatest composer, there was more to him than popular coneeption.

214. Italy, Germans & Britain into the 20th Century (In preparation)

215. Art in France

The consequences of the post-Impressionists: the Fauves & the Cubists (In preparation)

216. Arnold Schönberg 1874 - 1951

The Father of “nasty modern music” but a logical advance in musical technique.

The Run-up to the First World War

217. Upsets in the 1900s (In preparation)

Revolution in Russia, assassinations, the Balkans

218. Fatal Competition

How competition on the North Atlantic steamship route lead to the sinking of the Titanic.

219. Votes for Women (In preparation)

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