The Wars of the Roses c1450-1490

Ref: C2341553

War, murder and romance – all featured in the 15th century conflicts we now label as the Wars of the Roses. Four Kings lost their thrones and over many people met violent ends. This course will explore the historical background to the wars, the intriguing personalities involved and the everyday lives of ordinary people at the time. It will seek to examine evidence to discover what actually occurred and question some of the popular stories which accumulated over later centuries.

Course aim

To study the historical context, personalities and events of the Wars of the Roses or Cousins War, c.1450-c.1490

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:

  • identify the key events and personalities of the Wars of the Roses (c.1450-c.1490)
  • use historical sources such as Chronicle entries and both official and private letters to explore this period of history
  • explain why individuals chose to support a particular Lord
  • explore why and how the Wars of the Roses were distorted by the 'Tudor Myth' - most dramatically by William Shakespeare

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
  • The emphasis will be on student enquiry of source material (provided) combined with group discussion. Each session will feature hand-outs to assist further study and 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students may wish to bring a notebook and pen. A folder to keep the hand-outs issued each session would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Browsing library shelves/websites might be helpful. An useful introduction would be Matt Lewis' paperback "The Wars of the Roses in 100 Facts" (first published 2017 - also available as a kindle edition).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • The Tutor will be happy to discuss possible further courses and options with students.

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The Wars of the Roses c1450-1490

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