Course title:
Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
David Price
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Fri 29 Oct 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Fri 05 Nov 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 2
Total number of classroom hours: 4
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 4
Fri 29 Oct 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 05 Nov 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£12.80 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
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This course is for beginners
This course is for beginners
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You will need access to the internet between sessions.
Course aim:
A look at the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the roles of Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators. Also covers the background of the continuing religious conflict in England and why James I became a target of a Catholic plots so soon after he became king.
Course description:
The background to the Gunpowder Plot and what the plotters hoped to achieve. How the continuing conflict between Catholics and Protestants in England and abroad meant that the plotters felt it necessary to assassinate James I only two years after he became king. We'll also focus on the early life of Guy Fawkes and how he came to have the responsibility for carrying out the operation to blow up the parliament chamber, as well as the involvement of some of the other people behind the plot, including Robert Catesby, generally regarded as the main instigator. We'll also look at how the failure of the plot and the killing of most of the conspirators had significant consequences, and why some aspects of the story remain unexplained.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Explain the meaning of the terms "recusant" and "Church Papist"
2. Outline the aims of the Gunpowder Plot
3. Give reasons why Guy Fawkes was chosen to carry out the plan
4. Explain why some aspects of the events surrounding the attempt to blow up parliament and assassinate the king remain in doubt
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