Rebels, Parliament: England in the 13th Century

Course Dates: 20/09/24 - 06/12/24
Time: 12:45 - 14:45
Location: Online
The thirteenth century saw immense socio-political and economic change with the rise of towns, conflict between king and parliament, and the advent of the mendicant orders, the Dominicans and Franciscans, offering a new form of spirituality.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Rebels, Parliament: England in the 13th Century
  • Course Code: HBH53
  • Dates: 20/09/24 - 06/12/24
  • Time: 12:45 - 14:45
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Vanessa King

Course Code: HBH53

Fri, day, 20 Sep - 06 Dec '24

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is about life in thirteenth-century England between 1216 and 1299.

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?

We will start by exploring the range of primary sources (in translation) that historians use to illustrate the government of England as well as household accounts that illustrate life in a noble household. Specific topics will include: Henry III and his barons; Edward I; the advent of the friars; the rise of towns; thirteenth-century queenship; art and architecture.

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

• Describe and evaluate a number of primary sources for the period including the Fine Rolls of Henry III and the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort
• Explain the causes and consequences of the conflict between Henry III and Simon de Montfort
• Discuss the roles played by queens using the examples Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor of Castile
• Describe why Edward I succeeded in Wales but failed in Scotland
• Build up a portfolio of reading and completed worksheets that provide a comprehensive background knowledge to many of the topics covered.

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

This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for medieval history. No previous knowledge is
necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.

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

Each week there will be a PowerPoint presentation and a seminar-style discussion of original sources (in translation) pertinent to the topic. You are invited to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group. You will be encouraged to do homework reading to foster debate. Most of the pre-session reading will be accompanied by questionnaires which we will go through in class. Participation in this activity is entirely voluntary.

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

You need only bring note-taking materials. All required reading materials will be provided. If you wish to purchase a book before the course begins, you might look at Alan Harding England in the Thirteenth Century Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. It is pricey new but there are some good second-hand copies via Amazon.

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

HBH50 Living and dying in 14th century England.

Vanessa King Tutor Website

Vanessa King is a reitred university lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, European, and Global Encounters in the Far East. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.