Professor Jennifer Paxton, Ph.D.

Professor Jennifer Paxton
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Harvard University
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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!"

35 Courses and Sets

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35 Courses and Sets

  1. (SET) The Pagan World & Celtic World Set on sale

    (SET) The Pagan World & Celtic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    In this two-course set, learn what recent historical and archaeological insights reveal about the worlds of the pagans and Celtic-speaking peoples. Start by meeting the fascinating, polytheistic peoples of the ancient Mediterranean and beyond, and discovering the foundational role religion played in their lives, in The Pagan World: Ancient Religions Before Christianity. Then, change your perspective on who the Celts...
  2. (Set) Celtic World & The History of Spain Set on sale

    (Set) Celtic World & The History of Spain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    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.
  3. (Set) The Black Death & Story of Medieval England Set on sale

    (Set) The Black Death & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $619.90 Starting at $75.00 $729.90 $75.00$729.90
    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.
  4. (SET) The Greek World & Celtic World Set on sale

    (SET) The Greek World & Celtic World

    Jennifer Paxton
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    Embark on two fascinating adventures into the distant past that will reframe the way you think about our world today. Take a fresh look at the phenomenal legacy of the ancient Greeks and immerse yourself in the spectrum of Greek achievements—in architecture, art, science, political theory, philosophy, and more—that have so deeply imprinted Western civilization in The Greek World: A Study of History and Culture....
  5. (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & Story of Medieval England Set on sale

    (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & Story of Medieval England

    Jennifer Paxton
    Save up to $439.90 Starting at $75.00 $549.90 $75.00$549.90
    Award-winning professor and medievalist Jennifer Paxton takes you back in time to medieval England in this two-course set on a period that built the foundation of much of the world as we know it today. In 1066: The Year That Changed Everything, experience for yourself the drama of a dynamic year in history that included fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, epic military invasions, and much more. Then...
  6. (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 $619.90 Starting at $75.00 $729.90 $75.00$729.90
    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...
  7. (Set) Celtic World & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts Set on sale

    (Set) Celtic World & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $789.90 Starting at $75.00 $899.90 $75.00$899.90
    These two fascinating courses provide insight into two eras of the United Kingdom’s vast history. Discover how 2,500 years of Celtic history helped shape the modern world in Celtic World. And take a deep-dive into one of the most intriguing times in modern history with History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts.
  8. (Set) Celtic World & The Irish Identity Set on sale

    (Set) Celtic World & The Irish Identity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $619.90 Starting at $75.00 $729.90 $75.00$729.90
    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...
  9. (SET) The Great Tours: Ireland and Northern Ireland & Celtic World Set on sale

    (SET) The Great Tours: Ireland and Northern Ireland & Celtic World

    Jennifer Paxton
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    Discover the present-day wonders and formative history of the Emerald Isle with this two-course set that brings together The Great Tours: Ireland and Northern Ireland and Celtic World. In the first course, explore the passionate history, world-renowned culture, breathtaking landscape, and welcoming people of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the second course, learn the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking...
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $384.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
    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.
  11. (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & How Winston Churchill Changed the World Set on sale

    (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & How Winston Churchill Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $309.90 Starting at $75.00 $419.90 $75.00$419.90
    Can a single year—or statesman—change the entire world? Discover why the answer is a resounding yes with this set of two popular Great Courses. Experience for yourself the drama of a dynamic year in medieval history that included fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, epic military invasions, and much more in 1066: The Year That Changed Everything. Then, embark on an unforgettable adventure through the...
  12. (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & Celtic World Set on sale

    (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & Celtic World

    Jennifer Paxton
    Save up to $331.00 Starting at $66.90 $419.90 $66.90$419.90
    Join noted medievalist and Professor Jennifer Paxton for two illuminating medieval history courses that highlight her exceptional ability to bring the past back to life. In 1066: The Year That Changed Everything, experience for yourself the drama of a dynamic year in history that included fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, epic military invasions, and much more. Then, in The Celtic World, Professor...
  13. (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & The Celtic World Set on sale

    (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & The Celtic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $619.90 Starting at $75.00 $729.90 $75.00$729.90
    Travel back in time and explore often overlooked corners of Western history with this illuminating two-course set. First, get an unforgettable introduction to the great women—including Boudicca, Lady Murasaki, and Joan of Arc—who helped transform history from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages in Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400. Then, in The Celtic World, discover the incredible...
  14. (Set) Celtic World & Story of Medieval England Set on sale

    (Set) Celtic World & Story of Medieval England

    Jennifer Paxton
    Save up to $619.90 Starting at $75.00 $729.90 $75.00$729.90
    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.
  15. (Set) Celtic World & The Mysterious Etruscans Set on sale

    (Set) Celtic World & The Mysterious Etruscans

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    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.