History: Church and Society 1547-1660

Ref: C3843342

In 1547 Henry VIII died. He was succeeded in turn by his three children all of whom had very different religious outlooks The young Edward VI and his Council pursued a staunch Protestant policy but this was dramatically reversed by Mary I until a middle way religious settlement was negotiated by Elizabeth I Then the early Stuart kings brought their concepts of royal absolutism which clashed with the Puritan Parliament. This resulted in the Civil War and Cromwell's Commonwealth This course explores these turbulent times and how they affected ordinary people in this country

Course aim

To explore the changes in the religious outlook in England from the accession of Edward VI in 1547 to the restoration of Charles II in 1660.

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:

  • Compare the theological implications of the different policies of Edward, Mary and Elizabeth
  • Evaluate the reasons for the emergence of the Anglican Church settlement in Elizabeth’s reign
  • Assess the situation of both Catholic and Nonconformist dissent by 1600
  • Examine the social impact of each of the first two Stuart kings religious policies
  • Examine the social impact of each of the Stuart monarchs religious policies To assess the positions of the various parties in the Civil War and Commonwealth 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
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided

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

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History: Church and Society 1547-1660


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