On the trail of the Stuart Derbyshire

Ref: C2338920

Consider the impact of the English Civil War on Derbyshire through the personal stories of Bess of Hardwick's grandson, the earl of Newcastle who entertained Charles I at Bolsover Castle. Meet Sir John Coke of Melbourne and Thomas Hobbes. Follow Charles I across the East Midlands and find out more about the county's Royalist strongholds. Join Sir John Gell of Hopton, Parliamentarian commander in his bid to maintain control as well as his appearance at the Siege of Lichfield; find out what happened to the Scottish soldiers imprisoned in the church at Chapel-en-le-Frith and the role of John Bradshaw in the sentencing of Charles I. Follow family and personal rivalries in the sieges and skirmishes of the period up to the Restoration before continuing through the Stuart period with a vignette of Mad Madge Cavendish to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 with an overview of the national events leading to a united Protestant backlash that would dethrone James II.

Course aim

An introduction to the Stuart history of Derbyshire and some of the key figures of the period.

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 key Derbyshire Stuarts. Tell their story in relation to the national picture.
  • Outline the events that led to Charles I raising his standard in Nottingham in 1642 and give a brief outline of what is known about Derbyshire at that time referencing three different sources.
  • Describe and discuss some of the key events of the Civil War within Derbyshire.
  • Outline some of the attitudes to religion during the Stuart period including Non-Conformity and the impact of religion on politics. Identify examples of Derbyshire's differing religious views.
  • Discuss the life story of Mad Madge Cavendish.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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On the trail of the Stuart Derbyshire


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