Royal Scandals

Ref: C2347148

This course will look at six royal scandals from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries: the sudden and mysterious fall of Anne Boleyn; the murder of Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots; the love affair of Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark that nearly brought about a war between Britain and Denmark; the affair of the diamond necklace that ruined the reputation of Marie Antoinette; the scandalous love life of Caroline of Brunswick, the wife of George IV; and the suicide pact that led to the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his mistress at Mayerling.

Course aim

To provide an outline of six notorious scandals involving royalty, and to place them in the contexts of the society and politics of their times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom.

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

  • recall the main events behind the six royal scandals
  • place these events in their historical context
  • recognise their political and cultural importance
  • explore the role of the media of the day in disseminating the scandals

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything but you may find it useful to research some of the topics at your library or online.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Royal Scandals


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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