History: Princess Charlotte, the Regent's Daughter

Ref: C2419321

In November 1817 Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the Prince Regent and heiress presumptive to the throne, died in childbirth at the age of twenty-one. She was the child of a failed marriage and from the time of her birth her parents fought over her. Her life was a short one, but full of significance as she tried to reconcile her royal identity with her longing for a happy personal life. She seemed to have achieved happiness when she married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and her sudden death was a shock to the country. It led to an outburst of national mourning and a succession crisis.

Course aim

To describe the life of Princess Charlotte of Wales, the daughter of the Prince Regent

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 main events in the life of Princess Charlotte of Wales
  • be able to put her life into the context of the dynastic politics of the Hanoverians
  • understand the gender implications of Charlotte's position as heiress presumptive

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

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History: Princess Charlotte, the Regent's Daughter 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
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  • 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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