The Battles of Bannockburn 1314 and Neville's Cross 1346

Ref: C2342615

Beginning with the backdrop to Bannockburn, this talk explains why the English king, Edward II, accused one his commanders of cowardice, whilst at Neville’s Cross, aside from King David II, few significant Scottish prisoners were ransomed.

Course aim

Providing the historical context of two key British battles and why the winners won, this talk also explores why Bannockburn continues to be celebrated whilst Neville’s Cross is often overlooked.

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:

  • Explore the political background to each battle.
  • Examine and list at least 2 key personalities.
  • Determine and state why Bruce won and Edward II lost at Bannockburn.
  • Assess and state why David II of Scotland lost at Neville’s Cross.
  • Discuss and make at least one contribution re: why each battle was so significant at the time.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Students could further develop their critical thinking skills and an understanding of regional cultures and attitudes.

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The Battles of Bannockburn 1314 and Neville's Cross 1346

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