Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett, Ph.D.

Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto
In short, and in almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences of those experiments for the rest of your life.

Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 1978. He was the first director of the University of Toronto Art Centre and founding director of the Office of Teaching Advancement at the university, a position he held until 2009.

Much of Professor Bartlett’s career has been devoted to bringing the culture of European history into undergraduate and graduate classrooms. He has taught regularly in the University of Toronto Summer Abroad programs in Europe. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most notably, the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, awarded by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the inaugural President’s Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. In 2007, Professor Bartlett was one of the 10 finalists in TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition, which pits students’ favorite instructors against one another in a battle of charisma, clarity, passion, and conviction. That same year, the professor was recognized with an inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award by the government of Ontario.

Professor Bartlett is the author of The English in Italy, 1525–1558: A Study in Culture and Politics; The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook; and most recently, A Short History of the Italian Renaissance. He is also coeditor or translator of five other books, including Humanism and the Northern Renaissance (with M. McGlynn), and author of more than 35 articles and chapters on European history and culture. He has been the academic consultant and occasional on-camera commentator for the Illuminated Filmworks videos about the Vatican Library and for such television series as The Naked Archaeologist and Museum Secrets.

Together with his wife, Gillian, who herself holds a Ph.D. and is the author of seven books, Professor Bartlett regularly leads tours to Europe for major museums, universities, and cultural organizations.

Professor Bartlett’s other Great Courses include The Development of European Civilization, The Italian Renaissance, and The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean.

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42 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Italian Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Italian Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  2. (Set) Italian Renaissance & Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations  Set

    (Set) Italian Renaissance & Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  3. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,619.65 Starting at $2,619.65 $2,619.65 $2,619.65$2,619.65
    In this engrossing seven-course set, explore some of the world's greatest cities, countries, and civilizations—all from the comfort of your own home. Journey back to the cultural wonders of 14th- and 15th-century Italy with The Italian Renaissance and The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then survey the fascinating histories of four great civilizations with Ancient Greek Civilization, The History of...
  4. (Set) Understanding the History of the World  Set

    (Set) Understanding the History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,639.80 Starting at $1,639.80 $1,934.80 $1,639.80$1,934.80
    Travel back in time to get a comprehensive, international perspective with the four rewarding courses in the Understanding the History of the World set. Start with Ancient Civilizations to get the full context of where our cultures were born and established. Then travel to the Medieval World and see the Development of European Civilizations, followed by Turning Points in American History.
  5. (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.
  6. (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 $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$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...
  7. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Big History  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  8. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Italy is known for its art, particularly the masterpieces that came out of the Renaissance period. This two-course set provides extraordinary insight into both the riveting artists of that time, as well as country that birthed them. The Guide to Essential Italy introduces you this rich country, while Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance covers the works of more than 40 masters.
  9. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Explore the lands of gods and heroes. Great myths came to life and epic battles were fought, and the wondrous remains of ancient civilizations still call to you from across the centuries with this two-course set. Take a gorgeous tour of Italy with The Guide to Essential Italy, discovering hidden gems and seeing the country as never before. Then travel through the Mediterranean with Great Tours: Greece and Turkey,...
  10. (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.
  11. (Set) The Great Tours & The Guide to Essential Italy Set

    (Set) The Great Tours & The Guide to Essential Italy

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $669.90 $654.90$669.90
    In this two-course collaboration with the Smithsonian, embark on fascinating journeys into the vibrant cultural heart of popular tourist destinations. Your first stop is The Great Tours: Washington D.C., in which you’ll explore the extraordinary treasures of the nation’s capital—from iconic sights to little-known cultural gems. After that, cross the Atlantic for a grand tour of Italy that focuses on the most...
  12. (Set) The Rise of Rome & The Guide to Essential Italy Set

    (Set) The Rise of Rome & The Guide to Essential Italy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Take a deep dive into one of the most beautiful cultures in the world with this two-course set. Explore one of history’s most fascinating eras from its early victories through its dramatic collapse in The Rise of Rome. Then, embark on your own grand tour, focusing on the most historically and artistically compelling sites with The Guide to Essential Italy.
  13. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & History of Ancient Rome Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    From past to present, Rome offers a deluge of inspiration for the rest of the world. This two-course set investigates the sphere of Rome’s influence in art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. Start with the History of Ancient Rome to explore the indelible mark Rome made on history. Then look at modern day Rome with stunning tours and uncover hidden gems in The Guide to Essential...
  14. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Tucked away within the romantic landscapes of Europe, a remarkable range of beautifully preserved cities and towns invites discovery, and this two-course set provides that journey. Experiencing Medieval Europe takes you through some of the world’s great cultural travel experiences using a historical lens. The Guide to Essential Italy gives you an unprecedented view into this fascinating country, rich with history.
  15. (Set) The World’s Greatest Churches & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set

    (Set) The World’s Greatest Churches & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Travel back in time and view magnificent sites in this two-course set. First, travel through beautiful cities that appear to be frozen in time in Experiencing Medieval Europe. Then, turn your attention to the different houses of worship that Christians have used throughout history.
  16. (SET) The Great Tours: France through the Ages & The Guide to Essential Italy Set

    (SET) The Great Tours: France through the Ages & The Guide to Essential Italy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Visit France and Italy from the comfort of your own home—with no passport or plane ticket required! Start in France with The Great Tours: France through the Ages, where you’ll discover the magical and timeless appeal of the country’s romantic cities, idyllic landscapes, fabulous history, and legendary food and wine. From there, travel south to Italy in The Guide to Essential Italy, where you’ll experience...
  17. (SET) The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales & The Guide to Essential Italy Set

    (SET) The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales & The Guide to Essential Italy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $669.90 Starting at $669.90 $769.90 $669.90$769.90
    Take the journeys of a lifetime from your favorite chair with this two-course set. Travel to a small island with big history as you join The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales. Then, take a personally guided tour that lets you explore the most famous and culturally important sites with The Guide to Essential Italy.
  18. (Set) The Black Death & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set

    (Set) The Black Death & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Travel through time to witness the brightest and darkest aspects of the Middle Ages with this rewarding two-course set. The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague illuminates the full impact and ramifications of the infamous pandemic. The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe introduces you to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities.
  19. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Pompeii Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Pompeii

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Italy holds an intriguing story for historians: The first cities, the birth of civilization, and the origin of modern day culture. Travel to this grand country to investigate what made it so spellbinding and remarkable with this two-course set. The gorgeous Guide to Essential Italy uncovers hidden historical and cultural gems, while Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City explores 1st-century life, flash-frozen...
  20. (SET) The Great Tours: France through the Ages & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set

    (SET) The Great Tours: France through the Ages & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Join The Great Courses for two remarkable journeys into European history delivered with all the in-depth, immersive quality lifelong learners have come to expect from our popular Great Tours series. First, discover the magical and timeless appeal of France—its romantic cities, idyllic landscapes, legendary food and wine, and fabulous history—in The Great Tours: France through the Ages. Then, in 24 lectures that...