ONLINE: The English countryside is dotted with country houses, from medieval manor homes to Victorian faux castles, where royals were birthed, treaties were negotiated, the world's greatest novels were written, and museum collections were started. Today, many of these homes are open to the public, and our favorite film and television programs seem to capture them in all their glory. But how much do we really know about the lives lived on English country estates? In this online survey course, we will discover a new set of homes each week, chronologically ordered, and the people who built and designed them as well as those who continue to own them and share (or hide) their secrets. This is the perfect course for Anglophiles daydreaming of a romantic vacation or for those wanting to learn how to correctly identify stylistic elements and date historic buildings. | Lecture + Q&A.