Bloody Mary: the life and times of Mary Tudor
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
Course Code: HBH18
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Mary Tudor ruled England from July 1553–November 1558, and despite living through turbulent times, her place in the Tudor dynasty is often overlooked. On this course, we will begin by exploring her childhood and early life, including her relationship with her parents Katherine of Aragon and Henry VIII, and her opposition to the English Reformation. We will continue with Mary’s response to the nine-day reign of Lady Jane Grey, following Edward’s death; her succession, marriage to Philip of Spain and the Wyatt Rebellion of 1554; and the execution of around 280 dissenters – including Thomas Cranmer – which led to her reputation amongst Protestants as ‘Bloody Mary.’ We will also consider Mary’s relationship with her younger sister Elizabeth, whom she finally appointed her heir just before her death.
What will we cover?
Week 1: Childhood & Adolescence: Mary’s Early Life
Week 2: The Nine Day Queen: Mary, Edward and Lady Jane Grey
Week 3: Mary, Philip of Spain & the Wyatt Rebellion
Week 4: A Counter Reformation? Mary & the ‘Marian Persecutions’
Week 5: Rain, famine & trade: Mary’s domestic policies
Week 6: Succession: later reign & Mary’s relationship with Elizabeth.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain the significance of Mary’s reign and her place in the Tudor dynasty
• Assess how religion affected Mary’s place in the Tudor line of succession
• Explain the impact of Mary’s marriage to Philip of Spain on England on her foreign policies
• Evaluate the reasons for the Wyatt Rebellion
• Evaluate Mary’s domestic policies and the impact that the natural environment had on them
• Assess Mary’s impact on religious life in England
• Critically assess Mary’s relationship with Elizabeth and the issue of succession.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the topic is necessary – an open mind and a willingness to engage in discussions is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through interactive class-based discussions and debates. You will be provided with reading resources and a book reading list, should you wish to further develop your knowledge.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH19 Elizabeth 1: marriage, warfare and foreign policy.