What is the course about?
Although able to successfully negotiate his own Restoration settlement in the post-Cromwellian era, the question of legitimate succession became a crisis for the Stuarts during Charles II’s reign, eventually ending in the deposal of his brother James II in favour of William of Orange in 1688. On this course we will explore ambiguities in the late Stuarts’ approach to religion, their shifting Euoprean alliances, and often contentious relationships with Parliament.
What will we cover?
• The Cavalier Parliament
• The Stuart Restoration and Scotland
• Godly Punishments? The Plague and the Great Fire of London
• European relations: the United Dutch Provinces and France
• Women, sexuality and power at the court of Charles II
• Catholic converts: Charles II and James II
• James II, the ‘Popish Plot’ and the Exclusion Crisis
• Parliamentary factions: Whigs and Tories
• James II, William of Orange and Ireland.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Evaluate European diplomatic relations in the Restoration era
• Assess the significance of the succession crisis for the Stuart dynasty
• Evaluate and explain ambiguities in religious tolerance and dissent
• Assess the significance of Parliament in James II’s deposition
• Evaluate the role of William of Orange in James II’s deposition
• Understand the impact of James II’s defeat on Ireland.
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/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 useful and reliable online resources.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. Please bring a pen and paper if you wish to take notes in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HB\h20 Britaiin, the Empire and Slavery in the Caribbean (1605 to 1807).