Grey and Hastings - Families at War!

Ref: C2342703

The course will begin with a study of the rise of both local families to prominence during the late Middle Ages and the frequent occasions of conflict during the Wars of the Roses. It will consider the fluctuating fortunes of various family members due to being in or out of favour with the current monarch and will include the story of Lady Jane Grey and her sisters and the subsequent eclipse of the family fortunes, not to be revived until the reign of James l. It will also be looking at the career of Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon, a prominent minister during the reign of Elizabeth l. It will be looking at the sides taken during the English Civil War and the repercussions particularly on the Hastings family and the later demise of both families as a political force.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the bitter rivalry between the Grey and Hastings families which dominated the East Midlands between the mid 15th century and the end of the Stuart period, considering its roots and fluctuating fortunes of the familes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only requirement is for an interest in local history and hopefully a willingness to get involved with discussion in the group.

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

  • Evaluate a range of sources to be able to clarify the factors which resulted in the rise and fall of the fortunes of the two families during the period studied.
  • Utilise available information on the two families to be able to state what we can learn about our local history and also wider national issues from the history studied.
  • Explain how individual examples of behaviour or actions influenced the fortunes of both families at various stages of the period studied.
  • Provide examples to show how rivalries over different issues could provide flashpoints for clashes between the two families.
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of how the families have left a mark on our local area in spite of having both vanished from prominence.

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
  • Although it is not an expectation that students so work in their own time, you are welcome to do this and bring your findings to share with the group.

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
  • Although it is not expected that you undertake work outside the class, you are welcome to do this and bring you findings back to share with the group,

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • 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.)
  • Although course materials are provided a notebook to jot down incidental things and a ring binder to keep notes in would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Although a learner pack is provided each week, it may be useful to bring a notebook to jot down incidental things and a ring binder to store the course materials.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • I also run a range of local history groups both in Leicester and Groby.

Download full course information sheet

Grey and Hastings - Families at War!

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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