Elizabeth I: power and insecurity

Ref: C2346350

The reign of Elizabeth I is seen as a golden age, but in reality it was a turbulent period with many political, religious problems and economic problems. It was an age of confidence but also of insecurity. How far did Elizabeth solve her problems? How far was she able to turn the issue of her gender to her own advantage? What were the main successes and failures of her reign?

Course aim

to study the reign of Elizabeth I, bearing in mind its importance in English and European history and its relevance for our own age.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.

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

  • investigate the major events of the reign of Elizabeth I, and in particular the religious and political issues
  • place the reign in its European context
  • interpret the paintings of Elizabeth as propaganda statements
  • assess the importance of gender in understanding the issues of the reign

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need prior knowledge, but it might help to use internet resources before the beginning of the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Elizabeth I: power and insecurity

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