Kings, Cousins and Conflict

Ref: C3671011

England 1450-85: rivals for the throne, great families jostling for power, lords trying to balance patronage and survival - and Yorkshire a key battleground. Explore what the Wars of the Roses meant locally. The course will include:- A background overview of English history in the 14th and 15th centuries The build-up to the Wars of the Roses A chronology of the key events Key characters and families including the families of Henry VI, Richard Duke of York and the Nevilles Local allegiances and land-holding in Yorkshire Key battles and their outcomes

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the Wars of the Roses, with particular focus on local links to Yorkshire, to develop students' understanding of this period and the late medieval world view.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Give a basic narrative of the key events in the Wars of the Roses
  • Identify three factors contributing to the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses
  • Explain at least three different claims to the English throne and their origins
  • Demonstrate understanding of key concepts from the period including: rights of succession, attainder, patronage
  • Demonstrate the use of contemporary records and sources to explore two incidents from 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?

  • 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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Kings, Cousins and Conflict


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