Monarchy and People in England 1066-1307

Ref: C3741540

This class will look at the evolution of the relationship between sovereign and people in early medieval England. Among the topics studied will be England in the eleventh century, the events of 1066, the impact of the Norman Conquest, the causes of Henry II's quarrel with Becket, the attempts to limit the king's power in the reigns of John and Henry III and the origins of parliament. We shall look at the reign of Edward I and his relations with Wales, Scotland and France and consider what made a medieval monarch successful or otherwise.

Course aim

To introduce the sovereigns of England in the early Middle Ages, their personalities, achievements and failures. To describe their relations with their people, their neighbours and institutions such as the church.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers - This course is for people with an interest in history who would like to extend and deepen their knowledge.

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Students who wish to take notes should bring suitable writing materials.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required - Additional reading is not required, but for those who wish to pursue the subject further, appropriate resources will be suggested.

What could the course lead to?

- 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 - Continue to study independently by visiting museums and places of interest. Become involved as a volunteer with local history societies or places of interest.

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Monarchy and People in England 1066-1307 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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