Learning about Byzantines from Oxford don

Bedales students were visited recently by Dr Peter Frankopan from Worcester College, University of Oxford who gave a talk at Civics on the Byzantine Empire. The very concept of this topic challenged the Western consensus of how history has happened and it was very much Dr Frankopan’s concern to shake up our view of what was important in the study of history. The audience was treated to a brand new set of characters and stories, from the Crusades to exploding sparrows. A range of students from all year groups questioned Dr Frankopan closely on all aspects of the Byzantine Empire and left the talk inspired to enquire further into this fascinating topic.

By  Nick Meigh, Teacher of History

Dr Peter Frankopan

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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