For lovers of the TV show, Downton Abbey sometimes felt like a small world of its own, cocooned inside the majestic walls of the mansion and set apart from the rest of the planet. The exception to this was the incursion of World War I into the lives of the Crawleys. But the Crawley family was formed and influenced as much by the history and cultural context of England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as it was by the money and aristocracy which isolated it socially. In this class we will explore the historical events and cultural atmosphere which are the setting for Julian Fellowes’ award-winning drama. We will learn about the rise and fall of the English aristocracy, the politics and wars and social progress which molded this time period, and the music, theatre, literature and art which gilded the civilization in which the Crawleys lived. Do a deep dive into the culture which formed the Crawley family, and enjoy the music, art and literature of the period.
Course Cost: $19.00
Maryland Senior Course Cost: $19.00