James IV & Bonnie Prince Charlie - Heroes or Villains?

Ref: C2347152

Beginning with the ‘Renaissance King’ James IV and concluding with Bonnie Prince Charlie’s ‘last stand’ at Culloden, assessing their 'failures' and achievements, this course explores whether these two tragic but enigmatic characters were heroes or villains.

Course aim

This course aims to re-assess two of arguably Scotland’s most famous figures - James IV and Charles Edward Stuart – Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Explain who these figures were and why they have continued to attracted particular attention
  • List some of their alleged characteristics
  • Investigate the origins of their 'controversial' reputations
  • Discover their legacies
  • Discuss their failures and achievements

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No-pre reading or anything else is required but perhaps some background reading on James IV and Bonnie Prince Charlie via https://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/articles/james_iv/ and/or https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/launch_ani_bonnie_prince.shtml may prove useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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James IV & Bonnie Prince Charlie - Heroes or Villains?


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