“A Rude and Heady People”: The North of England in the Tudor Era

Ref: C3676178

Were the people of the north of England, a large geographical area stretching from Berwick upon Tweed to York, really that difficult to govern, so different from people in other areas of the country and so uncivilised as the quotation suggests? Who led then? Who spoke for them? Which issues concerned them at the time? How did they react to change in the Tudor era and with what results? Who rose to favour or fell from favour and what about the population as a whole? Come along to a relaxed and enjoyable course to explore answers to these and many other questions.

Course aim

To look at the North of England in the late medieval and Tudor eras concentrating on how change affected the area and how it coped with and responded to change.

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:

  • Describe the situation in differing parts of the north of England in the late medieval period on the verge of the changes which the Tudor era would bring.
  • Explain the differences between rural, ecclesiastical and commercial parts of the region, their governors and what we know of the opinions of the 'man on the street'.
  • Explain how the changes in society from the 1530's onwards affected the people of the north.
  • Describe how the people of the north reacted to change and consider whether this was different to reaction in other parts of the country.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the winners and losers in the process of change.

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?

  • 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

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
  • 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

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“A Rude and Heady People”: The North of England in the Tudor Era

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