The Cavendishes – Money, Marriage and Land

Ref: C2341063

Meet Bess of Hardwick, Arbella and Georgiana as well as the Lord General of the North. Meet patriots and earls and learn how to become a duke. Find out how a dynasty made its fortune and changed with the passage of time.

Course aim

To explore the way in which the Cavendish family accrued power.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify with three examples key strategies by which the Cavendishes enhanced their political position.
  • List key member of the family and identify places associated with them.
  • Explore some of the ways in which Cavendish women and wives flouted the systems in which they lived.
  • Explain the role of the Cavendish family during the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
  • Discuss at least three of the ways in which the Cavendishes changed the political and financial landscape of Derbyshire.

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

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The Cavendishes – Money, Marriage and Land

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