Tudor Cambridge

Ref: C2225573

This is a fascinating period both nationally and in Cambridge, as the colourful Tudor monarchs engineer change in religion and society. Townspeople and scholars alike were faced with choices about their religious beliefs which challenged all they been taught. The friaries and the priory, part of the scene for 300 years, were closed, and in the end colleges arose on their grounds. The townspeople and the University conducted a long struggle for control over people, the markets and Sturbridge Fair, sometimes on paper and sometimes with cudgels. Defiant mayors were brought to heel, but rebellious students could also face sanctions in their colleges. Meanwhile, some of the lasting buildings were under construction: King's College chapel, the first courts of Trinity and St John's Colleges, Great St Mary's church and some merchants' houses still with us. We'll trace much of this from original sources.

Course aim

Exploring both the physical developments in Cambridge - the completion of King's College Chapel, new colleges, some smart houses- and the lives of the people, the townspeople and the scholars.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain the relationships between the University, the colleges and the Corporation of Cambridge in the sixteenth century.
  • Describe the architectural styles of the period, as exemplified in Cambridge.
  • Find and use some of the main primary and secondary sources for Cambridge history in this 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?

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Tudor Cambridge


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