'All The Queen's Men'

Ref: C3742914

The last of the Tudor monarchs, Elizabeth the 1st, became one of the greatest Queens in English history. She was an exacting taskmaster who demanded unrivalled loyalty from all those who served her. The course focuses on the men who were the power behind her throne and the political lengths they went to for glory and honour from their queen. We see how Elizabeth played the game of courtly love and toyed with both English and Foreign suitors. We appraise how she used her courtiers to create one of the most glittering courts in Europe. We consider the unstoppable rise of England as a sea-faring nation and the lucrative trade routes of the New World. We assess the reasons why, in her older years, she modelled herself as the Virgin Queen and, how she used her network of spies to keep her enemies at bay, including the threat from the mighty Spanish invasion, after which her reign was celebrated as the Golden Age of Elizabeth 1.

Course aim

To consider how the men who served Elizabeth 1: her courtiers; ministers; sea-adventurers and spy-masters gained glory and power in a reign beset by plotting and political intrigue.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Assess the reasons why Elizabeth 1 became one of the greatest Queens of England.
  • Identify the power-mongers: the courtiers, statesmen and adventurers, who gained political power in Elizabeth 1's reign.
  • Categorise the methods and devices used by the spymasters in dealing with threats to Elizabeth 1's personal security and the safety of the realm.
  • Appraise the reasons why Elizabeth 1 modelled herself as the Virgin Queen.
  • Assess the reasons why England grew as a sea-faring and trading nation during the Glorious age of Elizabeth 1.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • you may be asked to participate in a range of in-class activities designed to enhance your understanding of the topic.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You may wish to bring writing materials to note key points from the tutor presentation and Q&A.

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?

  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

'All The Queen's Men'

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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