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!"

30 Courses and Sets

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30 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Celtic World & The Irish Identity Set on sale

    (Set) Celtic World & The Irish Identity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $654.90 $106.90$654.90
    Dive into the fascinating history and culture of the British Isles with this two-course set. Follow the history of Western Europe and Britain through the eyes of the Celts as war, religion, and tradition collide in The Celtic World. Then, discover the Irish Revival—a literary and cultural movement in which the Irish celebrated their history and heritage through sports, language, and literature—in The Irish...
  2. (Set) Celtic World & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) Celtic World & Story of Medieval England

    Jennifer Paxton
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover the stories that lead to history through this entertaining and informative two-course set. Follow the Celts through war, culture shifts, and evolving religion with Celtic World. Then, discover the legacy of Great Britain on the English-speaking world with The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest.
  3. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  4. (Set) Celtic World & The Mysterious Etruscans Set

    (Set) Celtic World & The Mysterious Etruscans

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This eye-opening set looks at two historic civilizations that deeply impacted our current world, yet are frequently ignored or misunderstood. See Europe with a new eye by experiencing an insightful course about the Celtic World, and discover an astounding culture, filling in a critical gap in your understanding of the ancient world with The Mysterious Etruscans.
  5. (Set) Minds of the Medieval World & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) Minds of the Medieval World & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the people and places of the Middle Ages with this set of two courses. In Great Minds of the Medieval World, you'll meet the philosophers, writers, and thought leaders that shaped this period of history. In your second course, take a more narrow approach by studying England in particular. Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest delivers a fresh level of understanding about medieval...
  6. (Set) King Arthur & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) King Arthur & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover fascinating insights about King Arthur and Medieval England in this set of courses. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Then, dive into the heart of medieval England for a one thousand year story dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle between royal power and the rights of the governed.
  7. (Set) Celtic World & The History of Spain Set

    (Set) Celtic World & The History of Spain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Uncover the often-overlooked history of two ground-breaking civilizations in this historical set. Travel through time from 500 B.C. to today and rediscover the Celtic World. Then, explore the broad and fascinating panorama of Spanish history, spanning the centuries from the first Neolithic settlement of the peninsula to Spain’s 20th century Civil War with The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad.
  8. (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
    Take an extraordinary historical journey with this nine-course set, providing an in-depth look at European cultures from the period of the Vikings through the Crusades, and into the late Middle Ages. No matter how much you think you know about European history, this set will introduce you to new people, events, and ideas. A must have for any history buff.
  9. (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & Story of Medieval England Set on sale

    (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $507.00 Starting at $93.90 $644.90 $93.90$644.90
    What do we owe to the medieval world? Discover the answer in this two-course set that takes you back in time. Start with a powerful introduction to the people, events, and wide-ranging influences of a surprisingly impactful year that saw everything from the drafting of the Magna Carta to the rise of Genghis Khan in Years That Changed History: 1215. Then explore a thousand-year period dominated by war, conquest, and...
  10. (Set) The Black Death & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) The Black Death & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period with this two-course set. The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague provides a new perspective and insight into the infamous pandemic. The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest explores a period that laid the foundation of much of the world we know today.