Day School: "The Secret Service in Tudor and Stuart England" Study Day

Ref: C2224148

Through much of the reign of Elizabeth a dark and secret war was being fought. The Queen’s very own safety and the security of the realm were at stake, threatened by foreign powers and internal enemies. It is a story of conspiracies and intrigues, assassins and terrorists, codebreakers and informers.

Additional information about this course

See http://wea-essex.org.uk/ for more information.

Course aim

The main purpose of this course is to provide an outline of the international context of espionage in Elizabethan England, to identify the main plots that threatened Elizabeth and how they were uncovered and neutralised, and to evaluate the effectiveness of Francis Walsingham and the Elizabethan secret services in protecting the Queen.

Who is the course for?

There is no prior knowledge or books that you are required to bring, only your enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

What topics will this course cover

1. The International Background: the intelligence war being fought between England and her enemies 2. The Fifth Column: The Catholic network and its secrets 3. The Protestant Firewall: The Elizabethan Surveillance society and its intelligence network 4. The Conspiracies and Plots: An overview of the main plots and how they were neutralised

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

provide an outline of the international context of Elizabethan England identify the main plots that threatened Elizabeth and how they were prevented evaluate the effectiveness of Francis Walsingham and the Elizabethan secret services in protecting the Queen

How will I know I'm making progress?

Use your learning record to demonstrate how much you have learnt

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

There is no prior knowledge or books that you are required to bring, only your enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

Reading and information sources

Reading is not essential but would help to understand some aspects of the course. Below is a reading list of books, some of which are available in the branch, your the local library, or in good bookshops Alford, S. The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I (London: Penguin, 2012) Cooper, J. The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth (London: Faber and Faber, 2011) Haynes, A. The Elizabethan Secret Services (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2000) Haynes, A. Walsingham: Elizabethan Spymaster and Statesman (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2004)

What could the course lead to?

This course is an overview of this period of Elizabethan. You may use the knowledge that you have gained to attend further WEA courses on Elizabethan history, study distance learning courses or undergraduate courses in history.

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Day School: "The Secret Service in Tudor and Stuart England" Study Day Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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