Herefordshire in the Tudor Period

Ref: C3127089

This dynamic period in English History will be explored from the local perspective of Herefordshire. Particular attention will be paid to the Reformation, the rise of the gentry, the arrival of Renaissance culture, the revival of urban life and the exploitation of the countryside. Topics to be pursued will include: The passing of the middle ages and the decline of the aristocracy; the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries; the rise of the gentry – new power and new responsibilities; ‘Proud ambitious heaps’ – house and gardens; changes in the countryside – new forms of exploitation and new industries; Hereford and the market towns; politics: patronage and faction – new dangers on the horizon.

Course aim

1. To explore the economic, political, social and cultural history of Herefordshire between c.1500 and 1600.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Relate a narrow and distant period of English history, studied from the local perspective, to the national picture.
  • Identify and understand the distinct character of the Tudor period, and be equipped to discuss complex issues such as the Reformation, rural discontent etc.
  • Identify and discuss the artefacts surviving in the region from the period e.g. churches religious fittings, country houses, industrial and agrarian landscapes and relate them to the general issues of 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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?

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Herefordshire in the Tudor Period


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