Day School: History, The Tragic Empresses

Ref: C2419302

After the beautiful Bavarian princess, Elisabeth of Wittelsbach, married her cousin the Emperor Franz Joseph, she soon came to see her marriage as a mistake. Her obsessive dieting was just one sign of the psychological problems she faced in her roles as wife, mother, and empress, though she remains greatly loved in present-day Austria. Princess, Alix of Hesse, married Tsar Nicholas II for love but she was never popular and her infatuation with Rasputin made her hated. A hundred years after her murder, she has become a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Course aim

To compare and contrast the tragic lives of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary and the Tsarina Alexandra of Russia.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • understand the lives of the two empresses
  • assess their importance in the politics of their day
  • recognise the significance of gender in assessing their lives
  • examine their posthumous reputations

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 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

Download full course outline

Day School: History, The Tragic Empresses Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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