The Sceptered Isle

Ref: C3677648

The course will begin by considering King Edward's strategy for the 1346 campaign, and the resulting battle of Crecy. We will consider the significance of the engagement, as well as a detailed consideration of the siege of Calais. We will go on to examine in greater detail he impact of the Black Death, and attempt some evaluation this had upon the populations of England and France as well as its impact on strategic considerations for both sides at that point in the Hundred Years' War. We will also then make some assessment of the nature of king Edward's administration of his kingdom and the leadership displayed by his earls, and the character of his relationship with Parliament. We will also examine Edward's policy towards Scotland and his involvement with the Breton Succession War, before concluding with the emergence of Edward the Black Prince as the Hundred Years' War entered its second phase and the emergence of a separate "English" national identity.

Course aim

The course will look very closely at the major successes and failures of the early reign of Edward III, and in particular his role in the early phases of the Hundred Years' War.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Outline at least two key features of the character of King Edward's government 1337-1350
  • Make some assessment of the impact of the Black Death
  • Provide an outline of the importance of the battle of Crecy
  • Describe the nature of the struggle for the Duchy of Brittany 1341-1365

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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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