History: The War of the Roses

Ref: C3680182

England 1450-85: rivals for the throne, great families jostling for power, lords trying to balance patronage and survival - and Yorkshire a key battleground. Explore what the Wars of the Roses were all about and how it impacted on the lives of people across England. We will use contemporary documents, maps and discussion to explore one of England's most controversial and debated periods of history.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Identify 3 potential claimants to the throne during the period and explain the grounds for their claims.
  • Explain the nature of power and patronage during the Wars of the Roses
  • Outline key events in the Wars of the Roses
  • Assess the different types of evidence available and its value, including the value and limitations of new evidence resulting from the discovery of Richard III's remains, and use these to support a historical opinion on the period

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources and record your progress and achievement. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline Nothing else is needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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History: The War of the Roses

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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