A Spot of Bother:Private affairs with very public consequences medieval & modern

Ref: C3677759

On so many occasions in history what ought to have been private matters - claims for inheritances and romantic attachments - have become big news in a very public way and affected a whole country, usually due to the social standing of the people involved. Come along to a relaxed and enjoyable class to find out more about a mixture of such cases ranging from the medieval to modern period where lives have taken such a turn.

Course aim

We will be looking at historical circumstances where a claim to an inheritance or romantic attachment, normally private affairs, impacted on and affected the country and with what result - for the individual and the country.

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:

  • Identify different sets of people in different historical times where their actions in claiming an inheritance or a romantic attachment have hit the headlines or changed the course of a country.
  • Explain how the events impacted on the individuals and the wider society around them.
  • Draw conclusions about how the situations resolved? Who suffered most; the individuals or the country?
  • Consider whether another way could have been found of resolving the issues. If so, what way and would the result have differed hugely?
  • Outline similarities in the cases studied despite the differing historical times?

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 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?

Download full course information sheet

A Spot of Bother:Private affairs with very public consequences medieval & modern


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