17th century England, revolution and restoration: James I and Charles I
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH16
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
How did James I negotiate the ambiguous alliance created between England and Scotland during the early Stuart
era? To what extent is Charles I responsible for the social and political instability that led to the outbreak of Civil
War, and how fair is his reputation as one of the worst kings in history? Exploring political, social, sexual and
religious power, we will assess the significance of the early Stuart monarchs in history.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Scotland and the succession of James I
• The Stuarts and the Divine Rights of Kings
• Religious dissidence, the Gunpowder Plot and the English witch hunts
• Scotland, England and the Plantation of Ulster
• Sexuality and power at the court of James I
• Charles I, Scotland and religious dissidence
• Charles I and Catholicism in England and Ireland
• Charles I and the English Parliament
• The road to Civil War.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Evaluate the significance of the Divine Right of Kings for monarchical powers and challenges to it
• Assess the extent of religious dissent during the reign of James I
• Explain ambiguities in the relationship between England, Scotland and Ireland
• Evaluate the role of Charles I in the onset of Civil War.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through lectures, classroom discussions and debates. There is no set work outside the class, although you will be
encouraged to read around the topic. Extracts from contemporary and historiographical sources will be provided,
along with a list of recommended reading and links to reliable online resources.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs for this course. Please bring a pen and paper if you wish to take notes in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH17 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the English Civil War.