The Three Queens: Mary Tudor, Elisabeth 1st, Mary Queen of Scots

Ref: C3743373

Illustrated by the paintings of the period, the course considers the social, religious and political turmoil created by three rival queens: Mary 1, Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots. Mary 1's religious persecution of the protestant 'heretics' earned her the title 'Bloody Mary' and the course offers a critical appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of her short reign. By contrast, the early years of her sister's reign, Elizabeth 1, heralded a new era of religious tolerance during which time England enjoyed relative peace. Against this backdrop, the course assesses the 'Glorious Age' of Elizabethan England; its cultural and political achievements and its rise as a trading nation. The latter part of Elizabeth's reign was dominated by the challenge to her supremacy by her cousin Mary Queen of Scots' claim to the English throne. This led to social, political and religious upheaval; the downfall of an anointed Queen; a war with Spain and brought the Tudor dynasty to an end.

Course aim

To be able to assess the distinctive contribution made to 16th Century British history by three rival queens (Mary 1, Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots) in their individual quests for political supremacy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Appraise the contributions made by each of the three rival queens in their quests for religious and political supremacy.
  • Identify the religious and political forces which motivated Mary 1's religious persecution in the counter-reformation.
  • Assess the 'Golden Age' of Elizabethan England: its cultural and political achievements and its rise as a world power.
  • Recognise the hereditary, religious and political factors which led to Mary Queen of Scots' claim to the English throne.
  • Characterise the reasons why each of the three queens made a distinctive contribution to British history.

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

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

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The Three Queens: Mary Tudor, Elisabeth 1st, Mary Queen of Scots

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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