The Sceptered Isle-Medieval Britain 1086-1314

Ref: C3676434

The course will examine firstly the development of the Plantagenet dynasty under the later reign of Henry III and the policies of Edward I. We will look carefully at the evidence for the later reign of Henry III and make some assessment of his character; in particular, we will assess his role in government that led to the circumstances of the Second Barons' War, his conduct in that conflict and its resolution. We will also go on to look at Henry's involvement with Louis IX and the efforts to conclude a treaty of reconciliation with the French realm. We will consider the ambitions of Henry's son Edward in the latter part of his reign, before examining at length the reign of Edward I itself. We will consider his relationship with his barons, his efforts to provide a new legislative basis for the Plantagenet realm, and the annexation of north Wales, before looking in greater detail at Edward's "Great Cause" in the subjugation of the Kingdom of Scotland.

Course aim

This course will start by looking at the important events of the often overshadowed later reign of Henry III. We then will go on to look at the remarkable achievements of Edward I, and how his reign helped to form the British nations of today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Some familiarity with Medieval European and/or British History is advisable.

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

  • Evaluate the role of Simon de Montfort in the Second Barons' War.
  • Make some evaluation of the legislation of Edward I.
  • Provide an outline of the conquest of North Wales under Edward I.
  • Assess the successes and failures of Edward I with regard to his "Great Cause".

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?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Plantagenets Dan Jones, Collins 2013

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Sceptered Isle-Medieval Britain 1086-1314


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