The House of Lancaster: It Wasn’t All Roses with Gary Slator

Ref: C2346409

Following the death of Henry V we will examine the character of the English regency for the future Henry IV, and in particular the role of John of Bedford, in continuing their strategy to defeat the Royalist French forces during the Hundred Years War. In particular we will also look at the growing feud within the English government during the childhood of Henry VI, and consider what detrimental effect this had upon the course of affairs in England. We will also carefully consider the critical role played by Philip Duke of Burgundy, and how Burgundian interests shifted over time. We will go on to look at the emergence of Joan of Arc, and consider her role in reviving the French Dauphin's cause; some assessment will also be made of her long-term effect on the course of the Hundred Years' War as well. We will conclude by looking at the course of the conflict in the later 1430s, and how the the regency in England changed over time to accommodate competing ambitions in government.

Course aim

The glories of King Henry V are well known; but what happened after his death? And what exactly did the emergence of Joan of Arc do for the fate of House of Lancaster? This course aims to answer those questions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Provide at least three key reasons for the failure of the English in governing northern France
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role of the Duchy of Burgundy 1424-1435
  • Provide an outline of the career of Joan of Arc, and its impact on the course of the Hundred Years' War
  • Give a personal assessment of the importance of John of Bedford for the English cause 1424-1435

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No previous knowledge is required, but background reading may be helpful: "A Brief History of the Hundred Years War" Desmond Seward, Robinson Press 2003 "Conquest: The English Kingdom of France" Juliet Barker, Abacus Press 2010

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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The House of Lancaster: It Wasn’t All Roses with Gary Slator

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