Monarchy and People in England 1307-1485

Ref: C3741541

This class will study the English monarchy in the later Middle Ages, considering the causes of the weakness and instability that led to the Wars of the Roses and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty. Topics will include England in the fourteenth century, Edward III and the Hundred Years War, the deposition of Richard II, the continuing evolution of parliament, Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses and the Yorkist kings. We shall continue to consider which medieval kings were successful and which were not, and why.

Course aim

To introduce the English sovereigns of the later Middle Ages, their personalities, strengths and weaknesses and the causes of the instability which led to the Wars of the Roses.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • 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.

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

  • Describe the land and people of England in the fourteenth century.
  • Give an outline of the causes and progress of the Hundred Years War
  • Suggest reasons for the instability of the fifteenth century.
  • Suggest what characteristics were necessary to be a successful king in the middle ages.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

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

Pre-course work, 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 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
  • 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 1307-1485


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