Saturday Lecture: Women in the English Civil War

Ref: C2419086

Seventeenth-century women were told to be obedient to their husbands and to confine themselves to domestic duties. However, the upheavals of the Civil War transformed the lives of many of them. Women managed estates during their husbands’ absence and sometimes defended their homes against enemy armies. They defied male authority by petitioning Parliament for peace. Quaker and Leveller women found a new purpose through writing, preaching, or engaging in radical politics.

Course aim

to show the varied roles of women during the English Civil War

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand the nature of gender relations in the seventeenth century
  • assess the ways in which the disruption of the Civil War undermined these relations.
  • recognise the importance of radical political and religious movements in the period

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

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Saturday Lecture: Women in the English Civil War


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