Princess Charlotte: the first people's princess

Ref: C2421373

In November 1817, Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent died unexpectedly in childbirth at the age of twenty-one. Her death plunged the country into mourning. As the child of a broken marriage, Charlotte was at the centre of a fierce family conflict. After a stressful childhood, she became a rebellious adolescent, but she found escape through a happy marriage. This made her early death all the more shocking. With the loss of the 'people's princess', the Hanoverian dynasty was plunged into a succession crisis that was only resolved by the birth of the future Queen Victoria.

Course aim

To look at the life of Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the Prince Regent and asses her significance, both personally and dynastically.

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:

  • Understand the main events in Princess Charlotte’s lfe.
  • Recognise her significance in the history of the British monarchy.
  • Understand the role played by gender politics in the period.

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
  • There will be particular emphasis on some relevant primary sources.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • In a two-hour session, it is not possible to provide formal assessment.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Princess Charlotte: the first people's princess

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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