William the Third: Politics and History

Ref: C2527531

After the "Glorious Revolution" of 1689 England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland found themselves ruled by a Dutch Protestant. Three of the four countries had very much wanted to be free of the Catholic King James II, but his Dutch replacement began to spend a worrying amount of time on and in his homeland and seemed at times to consider Britain and Ireland as secondary considerations; and his version of the Protestant faith was not what Anglicans were used to. Potential new students are invited to contact the tutor at pmussett19@talktalk.net to talk about what sort of experience the course offers.

Course aim

To look at the history of the reign of William III. We shall give particular attention to political matters but shall look at other things that strike us as interesting and relevant.

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:

  • Appreciate the political difficulties of a Dutch king with English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish subjects - and vice versa.
  • Grasp the links between English political affairs and what happens in Europe.
  • Map the actions of Parliament and the developments in its nature under a king who has not inherited the throne.
  • Understand how the Church of England and the Protestant dissenters cope with a Calvinist king.
  • Understand how the Roman Catholic community copes with a Calvinist king.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You don't need to bring anything. You will at times be asked to read (usually in modern print or typescript) documents dating from the late 17th century. If you're not used to reading 17th-century English the tutor and the class members can help.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

William the Third: Politics and History

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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