On the Trail of the Tudors-Derbyshire Links to the Making/Breaking of a Dynasty

Ref: C2338131

Meet some of the local men and women who helped to shape the emerging Tudor dynasty in a period seething with intrigue, turbulence and ambition. We will use church monuments as one of our starting points including monuments to the Fitzherbert family at St Mary and St Barlok Church, Norbury near Ashbourne - Sir Ralph is wearing the white boar insignia of Richard III. We will explore the national and local role of the earl of Derby during the early years of Henry VII's reign. From there we will progress through the sixteenth century to find out the ways in which key Derbyshire families interacted with the Tudors and helped or hindered their dynastic ambitions. We will consider the fate of contenders for the Crown from Mary Queen of Scots via Margaret Stanley, countess of Derby, concluding with an exploration of Bess of Hardwick's desire for a Tudor grandchild to inherit the Crown. Students will be encouraged to explore and add their knowledge of local dynamics to the national picture.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the Tudor dynasty, focusing on links to Derbyshire, from the Wars of the Roses through to the reign of James I.

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:

  • Identify three of the key Derbyshire families and explain how they interacted with the Tudor monarchy.
  • Describe the Tudor line of descent including Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Margaret Stanley and Arbella Stuart and identify some of the ways in which the monarch, Parliament and the legal system sought to control who would inherit the crown.
  • List ten locations in Derbyshire with Tudor links and reflect on how these locations and the people associated with them fit into the national chronology of Tudor history.
  • Identify and use appropriate research tools to narrate the story of a Derbyshire man or woman of interest to either the individual or the group.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • If you wish a good starting point is to visit local churches and identify any late fifteenth century or Tudor monuments that add a local edge to the national story.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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On the Trail of the Tudors-Derbyshire Links to the Making/Breaking of a Dynasty


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