Controversial Kings and Queens of England, Part 2: 1272-1485

Ref: C2342630

'You know well that Welshmen will be Welshmen, even if they appear to be pacified,' wrote Edward I's architect in justifying his master’s vast castle-building expenditure to subdue Wales. Beginning with Edward I's conquest of Wales, this course traces other monarchs whose legacies continue to attract controversy.

Course aim

Beginning with the 'Hammer of the Scots', Edward I, and ending with the ‘king in the car park’, Richard III, this course provides an overview of why some monarchs and their consorts were particularly controversial and their impact upon England.

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 background to their struggles with parliament and the Church.
  • Assess and list at least 2 of their successes and failures.
  • Discuss whether they warrant their reputations.
  • Identify the key traits of their personalities.
  • Explain why propaganda may have had a hand in our perception of them and give at least one example.

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

  • Although optional, any of the texts recommended by the tutor would enhance the weekly group discussions and participants' personal development.

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
  • Students could further develop their critical thinking skills with an understanding of how our society, culture and attitudes have often been determined by both conflict and cooperation with our monarchs.

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Controversial Kings and Queens of England, Part 2: 1272-1485

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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