Day School: Elizabeth, Jacobean Houses and Their Families

Ref: C3747048

The century after 1550 saw many newly wealthy families, who had often benefited from the dissolution of the monasteries, create splendid new country houses such as Longleat to show their wealth and power. These houses were increasingly influenced by ideas from the Renaissance. We will see how these houses reflected their owners’ lives and aspirations, including the Cecil family as chief ministers to Elizabeth I and James I, builders of great houses including Burghley and Hatfield. 1. 10.00-11.00. Estate owners: new men and former church lands. 2. 11.00-11.15. Coffee. 3. 11.15-12.30. From Gothic to the Renaissance; an architectural evolution. 4. 12.30-13.30. Lunch. 5. 13.30-15.00. Group study: Learners will be provided with a range of documents from and about the period. 6. 15.00-15.15 Tea. 7. 15.15-16.00. Life in these houses, Conclusions.

Course aim

This course aims to examine how English Country Houses evolved architecturally in the period 1550 – 1650 and how they were used by their owners as both homes and status symbols.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. Recognise who could be a great estate owner in the period.
  • 2. Analyse a range of ways in which Country House architecture evolved in the period.
  • 3. Describe the key features of great households in the period.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Day School: Elizabeth, Jacobean Houses and Their Families


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