1387-1485. England in the drama and change from Medieval to Early Modern Society

Ref: C3744288

Art, expansion of printing and with it literature, magnificent architecture and painting, a century of glorious achievements yet at the same time one of frequent turmoil as rival claimants and their supporters engage in deadly conflict for the ultimate prize; the throne. The course considers not only the unfolding dramas between 1387 and 1487 when battle finally catapulted the Tudors onto the throne, but also lives and achievements in all walks of society as the people of our towns and villages move from the medieval to early modern England.

Course aim

England in the final century before the Tudors seize control. This course aims to identify aspects of everyday life, cultural changes and drama as rival claimants begin to struggle for the throne. Changes, developments and life in time of turmoil.

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 key examples of art, architecture and literature from the period and locate examples
  • Chart changes in the monarchy and explain why so many changes occurred in a relatively short period
  • Explain the background of the Beaufort family from founding to eventual triumph on Bosworth field and identify local sites with a Beaufort connection
  • Describe roles of local people caught up in dramatic events of the period and locate them in the region
  • Discuss the emergence of a reformed church in the form of the Lollards, explain the nature of the movement and identify local connections

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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1387-1485. England in the drama and change from Medieval to Early Modern Society

Enrolment 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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