The Illegitimate Royals

Ref: C3743207

This course will consider the lives of the illegitimate offspring of England and Scotland's monarchs and the role many of them played in both church and state. Starting at the end of the eleventh century we will work through the generations to the family of the future King William IV and Mrs. Jordan. We will consider the changes in the public perception of the monarch's illegitimate children (remembering that as late as 1685 the Duke of Monmouth, illegitimate son of King Charles II, attempted to claim the throne). Fascinating, often powerful, sometimes dangerous, the illegitimate offspring were Britain's alternative royal family.

Course aim

A study of the illegitimate offspring of Britain's kings, from the eleventh century to the FitzClarences, the family of the future King William IV and Mrs. Jordan.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the lives of the most important of the illegitimate offspring of Britain's kings.
  • Explain the role of the monarch's illegitimate offspring in both church and state.
  • Describe the changes in the public perception of the illegitimate offspring of Britain's kings.

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?

  • Notepad and pen. No additional expenses.

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
  • I hope to run further royal history courses for Fetcham and Bookham WEA.

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The Illegitimate Royals

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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