Medieval and Early Modern England – from the Norman Conquest to The Tudors

Ref: C3676035

The Norman Conquest began a whole new cultural 'transplant' of ideas from the continent. Having to establish his control speedily, William I built many strategic castles which still stand, to-day. That tells us a great deal about the ambitions and power of the Normans. With them also came the most amazing religious zeal, through the monasticism of the Cistercians, who built a power-base that dominated the economy in wool - all in the name of God! We will enjoy a depth-study of the Cistercians in England and this will be centred upon their activities in Yorkshire. The Black Death killed one third of the population, but gave power to the peasants, who revolted against the establishment, years later. The Tudors are our most famous Royal Dynasty and we will investigate their short reign in detail, in particular, the six wives of Henry VIII and the reformation. Elizabeth I finally brought some peace, with her religious settlement and her defeat of the Spanish Armada. A fascinating period!

Course aim

A fascinating study England from 1066 to the death of Queen Elizabeth I. From conquest to colonies, through Domesday to the Spanish Armada. We will investigate the social, political and cultural history of our country from the Normans to the Tudors

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:

  • To understand how important religion was to ALL medieval people.
  • To understand the nature of the struggle between Church and state.
  • To develop a chronological list of events during the Medieval and Early Modern periods.

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
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Please bring a note pad and a pen or pencil to each tutorial.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Medieval and Early Modern England – from the Norman Conquest to The Tudors

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