Mary, William and Anne: the later Stuart Dynasty

Course Dates: 26/04/23 - 31/05/23
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
Following the deposal of their father James II & VII, Mary ruled jointly with her husband William from 1689-1694, after which she was succeeded first by William, and then her younger sister Anne from 1702-1714. Join us to explore the lives, intrigues, politics, religion and society of these later Stuart monarchs – what challenges did these monarchs face and how enduring were their legacies? To what extent did Mary and Anne see one another as rivals?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00

Course Code: HBH42

Wed, eve, 26 Apr - 31 May '23

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this introductory six-week course we will explore the lives, reigns and intrigues of William and Mary, and Queen Anne. We will assess the reasons why their father (and William’s uncle) James II & VII was deposed during the so-called Glorious Revolution; the Bill of Rights and its impact on Parliament and parliamentary politics; religion, the treatment of both Catholics and nonconformist Protestants and the Act of Settlement; Ireland, Scotland and the impact of the English and Scottish Acts of Union; Jacobite conspiracies and uprisings; court intrigues; Anne’s traumatic series of 17 stillbirths, miscarriages and deaths of her young children; and the Hanoverian succession.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The Glorious Revolution, the Bill of Rights & Parliamentary Politics
• James II, Jacobite conspiracies & uprisings
• William, Mary & Anne: sisterly rivals & court intrigues
• William as king & Anne’s succession
• Anne’s health, pregnancies & the issue of succession
• Religion, succession & impact of the Act of Settlement
• The Later Stuart Dynasty & Ireland
• Creating ‘Great Britain’: Scotland, England & the Acts of Union
• The Hanoverian succession.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Assess the significance of the Glorious Revolution
• Evaluate and explain the significance of the Bill of Rights
• Assess the reasons for & impact of the pro-James II & VII Jacobite conspiracies and uprisings
• Evaluate the relationship between the later Stuart Dynasty & Ireland and the impact of the Act of Settlement
• Assess family & political tensions between William & Mary and Anne
• Evaluate the short and long-term significance of the Anglo-Scottish Acts of Union
• Explain the reasons for the Hanoverian succession.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course designed for beginners and no prior knowledge of the topic is required. You should be willing to engage positively with other learners in the class and will be encouraged to contribute to class debates and discussions in a supportive environment.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught via interactive lectures. Reading is not mandatory but will help you to get the most out of the course. A Google Classroom will be available – here you will find articles, a book reading list and weekly lecture slides designed to support your learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in British and Irish history. Please see the City Lit website.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.