The Marlborough House Set

Ref: C2345597

Central to the course will be a description of the ways in which the Prince of Wales and the members of his court at Marlborough House both changed the society of his day and at the same time reflected the wider changes in Great Britain in the generation before the First World War. It will look at the Court itself as well as at the literature and politics of the world in which it was set.

Course aim

The course will look at the extent to which Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and the circle around him changed the nature of late-Victorian society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No special skills required. A reading list will be included in the course materials.

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

  • understand the extent to which the activities of Marlborough House were reactions to the narrowly staid attitudes of Queen Victoria;
  • appreciate the way in which the economic bases of Victorian Britain were being changed;
  • put into context the changing attitudes towards sexual and other morality illustrated by Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardesley, and the 'Baccarat Case';
  • relate the Savoy Operas and the Yellow Book to their times and audience;
  • look at the contemporary 'Gilded Age' in both the Uniterd States and in France.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing else is necessary.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Marlborough House Set


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