Tudor York

Ref: C3670848

York in Tudor times was a difficult and often dangerous place to be. With its wool industry already in decline, York lost its privileged political position with the death of its patron Richard III. It became a hotbed of civil unrest, conspiracy and rebellion against the Tudor throne. Uncomfortable with the changes of the Reformation, the city then had to cope with the disastrous impact of the Dissolution. This course looks at York in the context of national events: the fall of Richard III, the Yorkshire Rebellion of 1489, the Pilgrimage of Grace of 1536, and the Northern Revolt of 1569. We study religious changes of the time and local resistance to them, as exemplified by Margaret Clitheroe. We also look at economic and social developments, and the changing topography of York. We'll view these events and issues through a range of contemporary sources, considering their nature and purpose, to help us get a better understanding of the Tudors, the city of York, and its people.

Course aim

We will study York during a period of political turmoil, religious conflict and economic decline. We will look at rebellion, repression and martyrdom, as recorded in sources from the time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the events shaping York in the period 1485-1603
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the political, religious, social and economic issues of the period.
  • Place events in York in the context of national political and religious change.
  • Use and evaluate a range of historical sources from the time

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
  • You will be encouraged to evaluate and reflect on what you have learnt at each stage of the course.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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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Tudor York


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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