British History 17th Century: King, Parliament and the Civil War

Ref: C2419835

In the 1630s Charles I believed himself to be 'the happiest king in Christendom'. While Europe was at war England seemed peaceful and stable. However, the king's attempts to impose religious uniformity on Scotland led to a rebellion and forced him to summon Parliament. A crisis in Ireland plunged the country into civil war during which radical ideas threatened the social hierarchy. The victory of Parliament led to the abolition of the monarchy and the execution of the king, but failed to create a stable political system. The republican experiment ended with the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

Course aim

to show how the English Civil War broke out, to chart the events of the war and to assess its long-term significance for British history

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • understand the events that led to the breakdown of Charles I's personal rule and the onset of the Civil War
  • recognise the importance of political and religious ideas in the period
  • know the main events of the Civil War and the reasons for Parliament's victory
  • understand the reasons for the failure of republican government and the restoration of the monarchy

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
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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British History 17th Century: King, Parliament and the Civil War


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