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The Plantagenet Dynasty

by Elizabeth Karen Reinhart

Scott Obey’s interest in history was piqued by his English-born mother. They discussed history, in particular English history, as he was growing up. She stressed to him the importance of consulting original sources and encouraged him to spend his childhood reading historical novels and works by historians. No wonder Scott chose history as his major at UCLA.

The Plantagenet Dynasty will be a lecture course covering nearly three hundred years of English history starting in the twelfth century and will focus on the kings and queens. The history of the Plantagenets of England began before the first Plantagenet king of England, Henry II, was crowned. His mother Maude was married to Geoffrey, Count of Anjou––the surname “Plantagenet” reportedly was derived from Geoffrey’s habit of wearing a sprig of broom (planta genista) in his helmet. She was the nominated heir of her father King Henry I; however, having a woman as ruler did not suit many of the Anglo and Norman barons who instead supported Stephen of Blois. This war between two grandchildren of William the Conqueror lasted eighteen years.
Scott contends that makers of film and TV series do not have to invent anything about the Plantagenet Dynasty as their history is quite fascinating on its own. Learn why there has only been one king of England named John, how the heir to the English crown came to be called the Prince of Wales, why the English kings waged a 100-Years War to establish themselves as kings of France, how the War of the Roses began and ended, and who killed the Princes in the Tower.
Having been awarded his single subject teaching credential, Scott discovered that he loved teaching history, working as a substitute teacher during his search for a full-time teaching position. His search unsuccessful, he took a better paying job but still longed to teach. A friend told him about OLLI.

In Memorium

Dale Lieberfarb passed on December 30 while in the hospital. She had suffered from a series of heart ailments in recent time.
Dale gave a lot of herself to OLLI and the Leisure World Democratic Club and many other organizations in Leisure World. She was the long-time Instructor for the LW Short Story class and enjoyed supporting a regular group of friends and reading enthusiasts.
Dale was passionate about the Short Story class and made it a welcoming weekly occasion for so many of us. She worked hard to select the stories we read and prepared diligently. Over the eight class meetings of each session, there were always stories that lit a spark. At times she introduced us to writers we hadn’t read before, or the lively class discussions that expanded our perspectives, or we just enjoyed the mental exercise and stimulating company. And every session she received a teacher’s highest honor: her classes were always in demand and always over capacity. The good memories are an enduring afterglow. Dale kept our brains engaged, and facilitated wonderful
discussions. She will be sorely missed.
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