The Three Edwards

Ref: C2337982

Edward I, a pioneer of parliamentary change, conqueror of Wales and "hammer of the Scots". Edward II, a thoroughly flawed jewel in England's crown. It has been said that Edward II was Edward I's only failure. His reign brought civil war back to England, saw the rise of the she-wolf and her lover Mortimer but it also saw the birth of one of England's greatest Kings - Edward III. Our course looks at the reigns of both Edward I and II and the minority of Edward III and answers the question how were they so different?

Course aim

To investigate, compare and contrast the reigns of Edward I, Edward II and the minority of Edward

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the reign of Edward I
  • Identify the leading personalities involved in both reigns
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the reign of Edward II
  • Describe the main political phases of each reign
  • Identify and describe the rebellions against Edward II

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook and pen will be required to make notes. Some of the original documents used are in small feint script - tell your tutor if you prefer a transcript or enlargement.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Three Edwards


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