History:Grey and Hastings - Families at War

Ref: C2337365

The course will consider the fluctuating fortunes of the Greys and Hastings from their rise from relative mid mediaeval obscurity ithrough periods of success and the ultimate fall from grace of both families by the beginning of the 18th century.

Additional information about this course

In this course we will be studying the fascinating ups and downs of these family fortunes.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the rivalry between the Grey and Hastings families which dominated the East Midlands between the mid 15th Century and the end of the Stuart period.

Who is the course for?

No experience or qualification needed; just an interest in local history and a willingness to get involved.

What topics will this course cover

We will begin by studying the rise of both families to prominence during the Middle Ages and the frequent occasions of conflict such as the Wars of the Roses, being in and out of favour with the various Tudor monarchs including the story of Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, quarrels over Leicester Forest and taking opposite sides during the English Civil War.

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:

1. Evaluate a range of sources to be able to clarify the factors which resulted in the rise and fall of the fortunes of the two families during the period studied. 2. Utilise the information available on the two families to be able to state what we can learn about our local history and also wider national issues from the study of this information. 3. Explain how individual examples of behaviour or actions influenced the fortunes of both families at various stages. 4. Provide examples to show how rivalries over different issues could provide flashpoints for clashes between the two families.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Although there is no formal assessment or qualification, we will start each session with a quiz type revision exercise which will enable self testing on progress. We will also be using PowerPoint presentations to reinforce our studies; a weekly learner pack will be provided so that material can be revisited at any time.

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

The learner packs provided every week will provide a permanent record of the course although a notepad and pen will be useful to note down any incidental information. A ringbinder to keep learner packs in would be useful.

Reading and information sources

"The Greys - a Long and Noble Line" by Anthony Squires is the standard work on the Greys although no one has as yet published an equivalent work on the Hastings family. "The Sisters who would be Queen" by Leanda de Lisle gives a good account of the other two Grey sisters as well as Lady Jane.

What could the course lead to?

There is no official qualification for the course, but it could provide a useful basis for he skills needed to study history at A Level. It will also supplement the learning of those who have attended our "through the ages" local history courses at Newarke Houses or Groby Village Hall or provide a useful introduction for those thinking f joining these courses held in the spring and summer terms.

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