Kings, Cousins and Conflict: the Wars of the Roses

Ref: C3677478

England 1450-85: rivals for the throne, great families jostling for power, lords trying to balance patronage and survival - and Yorkshire a key battleground. Explore what the Wars of the Roses meant, locally and beyond. We will use contemporary documents, maps and discussion to explore one of England's most controversial and debated periods of history.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify 3 potential claimants to the throne during the period and explain the grounds for their claims.
  • Discuss the nature of power and patronage during the Wars of the Roses
  • Outline key events in the Wars of the Roses
  • Assess the different types of evidence available and its value, including the value and limitations of new evidence resulting from the discovery of Richard III's remains, and use these to support a historical opinion on 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

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

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Kings, Cousins and Conflict: the Wars of the Roses

Conditions

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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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