Dr. William R Cook

William R Cook

William R. Cook earned his B.A. from Wabash College, graduating cum laude. Shortly thereafter he received the Woodrow Wilson and the Herbert Lehman fellowships to study Medieval History at Cornell University where he completed his Ph.D. He is a lecturer for “The Great Courses” and is currently the Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1970. His publications include Images of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility. He also currently edits and contributes to The Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy. Dr. Cook’s passion and enthusiasm for medieval art and architecture make him both an informed and lively trip leader.

Tours Led by William R Cook

  • England’s Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Medieval Painted Churches England’s Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Medieval Painted ChurchesJune 6 - 20, 2021 | William R. Cook Tour England’s Cathedrals, abbeys, and medieval painted churches From Durham Cathedral, to Fountains Abbey, to churches in tiny villages that harbor exquisite medieval paintings. Far Horizons 2 week itinerary travels from the far north, west to Bath, and to the far southeast to Canterbury and includes 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Italy’s Tuscany & Umbria: Art & Architecture Tour Italy's Tuscany & Umbria: Art & Architecture TourMay 17 - 28, 2021 | William R Cook The birthplace of the one of the most significant movements in Western Civilization lies in the heart of Italy. It is here that the Renaissance developed and reached its apex. This fascinating period in history represents a movement in which art, architecture, religion and politics come together to create an everlasting cultural legacy. Join only 13 others on this in-depth 12-day exploration of the evolution of art and architecture in Tuscany and Umbria.
  • Cathedrals of France Cathedrals of FranceAugust 20 - 31, 2021 | William R. Cook Join a 12-day exploration of the art and architecture of the Cathedrals of France! Enjoy three nights in the center of Paris and view the stunning architecture of Chartres, Bourges, Vézelay, Troyes, Reims, Soissons, Laon, Beauvais and Rouen. Along the way, see eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Epernay’s Avenue de Champagne.