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Nicholas Orme

A map of Bristol, 1581. Worcester was born north-west of the city's castle.

It was during the Tudor age that the first British antiquarians emerged, detailing the nation’s history and geography – or so the traditional story goes. But, as Nicholas Orme explains, William Worcester had laid the groundwork for their advances and anticipated their interests a century before.

Medieval historian Nicholas Orme believes that the teaching of history in Britain’s universities is better now than it has ever been.

Nicholas Orme asks what sense medieval English people had of the land they lived in, and what ancient sites and natural wonders did they visit.

Teaching at Paris, in a late 14th-century Grandes Chroniques de France: the tonsured students sit on the floor.

Nicholas Orme returns to the classroom to find out how boys, and girls, were educated from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors; and finds that the foundations of our education system were laid during this period.

Nicholas Orme considers how the crowded cities of medieval England dealt with the death and burial of their citizens.

Miniature for the entry etas "age" in the Omne Bonum encyclopedia (London, 14th century, BL Royal MS 6 E vii, fol. 67v) showing children playing with toys and catching butterflies.

Nicholas Orme investigates toys, games and childhood in the Middle Ages.

Nicholas Orme shows how Catholic and Protestant reformers alike campaigned rigorously against medieval attitudes to prostitution which were far less restrictive and oppressive than is often supposed.