Mary, Queen of Scots and the murder of Lord Darnley

Ref: C2421437

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On 9 February 1567 the body of Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots was discovered in a garden. He had been strangled. Suspicion soon fell on the Queen, and from that time to the present day there has been a debate about her culpability. Was she a murderess or a victim? Is there a 'smoking gun' to prove her guilt or was she framed by her enemies?

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to the life of Mary, Queen of Scots and asses her role (if any) in the murder of her husband.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • understand the main events in the life of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • assess the evidence for and against her complicity in her husband's murder
  • place Mary, Queen of Scots in the context of the politics of Scotland, England and Europe in the sixteenth century

How will I be taught?

  • This will be a two-hour lecture accompanied by PowerPoint slides.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Because this is simply a two-hour lecture, the opportunities for detailed feedback will inevitably be limited.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Mary, Queen of Scots and the murder of Lord Darnley

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

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  • 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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