Braveheart - The Scottish War of Independence 1296 - 1314

Ref: C2341904

The course will begin by looking at the efforts under King Edward I and his "Great Cause" to facilitate a pro-English regime in Scotland after 1290, by considering the major candidates to the Scottish throne and under what circumstances this effort then collapsed. We will go on to examine the key figures in the subsequent bid for a separate Scottish monarchy, and the extent to which this led to the native rebellion under William Wallace.We will then consider the extent of the English restoration in the wake of Wallace's defeat, and its impact among the various Scottish factions in power at the time. We will then go on to evaluate the bid for power made by Robert Bruce, and consider his various political challenges. Finally, we will look at the subsequent emergence of Bruce's opposition to English intervention including its shortcomings, before providing and evaluating the key reasons for the Scottish victory at Bannockburn and its legacy.

Course aim

This course will provide a brief overview of how exactly the Scots rebellion against King Edward I began under William Wallace, and how it culminated in the victory at Bannockburn 18 years later.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an insight into the rival claimants to the Throne of Scotland by 1290
  • Outline the extent of Wallace's rebellion 1297-1305
  • Determine key factors for the Scottish victory at Bannockburn in 1314

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence: The History of the Famous King of Scots’ Rise to Power Charles River Editors CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2015

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Braveheart - The Scottish War of Independence 1296 - 1314

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