The Threats to Tudor Kings and Queens

Ref: C3671039

The Tudors were perhaps the most successful dynasty in English history - they're certainly the most famous. But while their rule saw England develop into a modern, strong and centralised nation state, they were constantly under threat. In this course we'll look at the full range of the opposition they faced, from the reign of Henry VII to that of his granddaughter Elizabeth I. We'll see political plotting, religious fanaticism, popular rebellion and attempted invasion. These sometimes merely opposed royal policies, but sometimes threatened the position, even the life, of the monarchs themselves. 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 nature of the Tudor crown, the individual kings and queens, and of the English people they ruled over.

Course aim

To look at threats to the Tudor monarchs - political plots, rebellions and invasion attempts - to understand how serious they were, and how close they came to success.

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 events 1485-1603
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the political, religious, social and economic issues of the period.
  • Evaluate the many threats to the Tudor crown, by considering their nature, and the government response to each.
  • 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

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

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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The Threats to Tudor Kings and Queens 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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