Professor Jennifer Paxton, Ph.D.

Professor Jennifer Paxton
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Harvard University
It was a special joy to me to work with The Great Courses because I was already a longtime customer and fan! I know I had become a better teacher because of my years of listening to the excellent instructors in The Great Courses series.

Dr. Jennifer Paxton is Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America. She was previously a Professorial Lecturer in History at Georgetown University, where she taught for more than a decade. The holder of a doctorate in history from Harvard University, where she has also taught and earned a Certificate of Distinction, Professor Paxton is both a widely published award-winning writer and a highly regarded scholar, earning both a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship. She lectures regularly on medieval history at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and has also been invited to speak on British history at the Smithsonian Institution and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Professor Paxton's research focuses on England from the reign of King Alfred to the late 12th century, particularly the intersection between the authority of church and state and the representation of the past in historical texts, especially those produced by religious communities. She is currently completing a book, Chronicle and Community in Twelfth Century England, that will be published by Oxford University Press. It examines how monastic historians shaped their narratives to project present polemical concerns onto the past.

Testimonials

"Professor Paxton was very effective at engaging an audience and showing her mastery of the material. I really appreciated the detail that the course went into especially from 1066 to 1485."

 

"Simply the best! Professor Jennifer Paxton's enthusiasm is infectious! Her command of the period and mastery in story telling engaged our family for the entire lectures. Start a Professor Paxton fan club!"

28 Courses and Sets

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28 Courses and Sets

  1. The Celtic World

    The Celtic World

    Jennifer Paxton
    4.7 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (91)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    With The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archaeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from. By bringing a new...
  2. 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

    1066: The Year That Changed Everything

    Jennifer Paxton
    4.7 out of 5
    96% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (94)
    Starting at $69.95 Starting at $69.95 $84.95 $69.95$84.95
    With 1066, Professor Jennifer Paxton's exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history-centering on the Norman Conquest of England that would dramatically reshape both English and Western history. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, this course plunges you into a world of...
  3. Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Jennifer Paxton
    4.8 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (176)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Explore the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in British history. Delivered by award-winning Professor Jennifer Paxton, The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest is a tour de force that shows how—in the midst of war and the struggle to balance royal power with the rights of the governed—medieval Britain laid the foundation for much of what we know today....
  4. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.2 out of 5
    42% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  5. (Set) Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest & Early Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest & Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Immerse yourself in the medieval world with these two courses delivered by acclaimed historians. The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest tells the remarkable story of a tumultuous, thousand-year period dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance royal power with the rights of the governed. The Early Middle Ages takes you even deeper into the dawn of this fascinating period,...
  6. (Set) Era of the Crusades & Story of Medieval England  Set

    (Set) Era of the Crusades & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Delve deeply into the medieval era and understand its impact on later periods in history with this two-course set by two master historians. In Professor Kenneth W. Harl's The Era of the Crusades, you explore misperceptions and long-debated questions about the Crusades and gain an appreciation of how Western civilization changed in many profound ways during this era. And in Professor Jennifer Paxton's The Story of...
  7. (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,774.55 Starting at $2,774.55 $2,774.55 $2,774.55$2,774.55
    What was it like to live during the Middle Ages—one of the most important, yet most often overlooked, periods in the history of the Western world? Now you can find out with these Great Courses. Guided by expert medievalists and dynamic professors, you'll travel back in time and relieve some of the most intriguing moments from the years between A.D. 300 and 1500. Whether you're watching the rise of the...
  8. (Set) Story of Medieval England & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) Story of Medieval England & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  9. (Set) Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest & Late Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest & Late Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  10. (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest   Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  11. (Set) Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest & The Cathedral  Set

    (Set) Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Experience life as it was lived and felt during the Middle Ages with this vibrant two-course set. The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest tells the remarkable story of a tumultuous, thousand-year period that put into place the foundation of much of the England—and world—we know today. The Cathedral is an exciting and immersive experience that will bring you closer to the...
  12. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest  Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    In The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe, you’ll experience the wonders of the medieval world that are still tucked away in Europe. Peer inside the remarkable places where history unfolded without ever leaving your house! Next, dive into The Story of Medieval England and gain a deep understanding of medieval England, its rules and subjects, and their significance for the world we live in today.
  13. (Set) 1066 & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) 1066 & Story of Medieval England

    Jennifer Paxton
    Starting at $269.90 Starting at $269.90 $354.90 $269.90$354.90
  14. (Set) Story of Medieval England & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts  Set

    (Set) Story of Medieval England & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Get a comprehensive look at the epic history of England from the time of its most legendary warrior to the reign of one of its most influential royal families with this two-course set. First, in The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest, learn how—in the midst of war and the struggle to balance royal power with the rights of the governed—medieval Britain laid the foundation...
  15. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Travel back in time and witness the birth and growth of both medieval England and the entire continent of Europe in this historically rich two-course set. In The Development of European Civilization, survey the history of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the dawn of World War II. And in The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest, discover how—in the midst of war and political...