The History of Europe's Royal Families

Ref: C3744580

In addition to the United Kingdom there are currently nine European monarchies. We look at the histories of these dynasties ranging from the royal houses of Scandinavia through the Dutch House of Orange and the Spanish monarchs to Monaco's Grimaldis. We will also consider the family relationships between the various royal families and their common ancestry.

Course aim

The course will examine the histories of the nine reigning royal dynasties of mainland Europe. Included will be a study of the family relationships and the common descent of the various royal houses.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List the nine monarchies remaining in mainland Europe today.
  • Name the nine monarchs reigning in mainland Europe today.
  • Describe the origins of the nine mainland European monarchies.
  • Describe the lives of the principal monarchs studied from the nine mainland European Monarchies.
  • Describe the ancestry of most of the European monarchs from various common ancestors such as Henry II, King of England, George II, King of Great Britain, Queen Victoria and Christian IX, King of Denmark.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Notepad and pen. No additional expenses.

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
  • I hope to run further royal history courses for Wokingham WEA.

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The History of Europe's Royal Families

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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