What is the course about?
Through a series of interactive lessons, we will examine the role of religion in shaping people’s every day lives in the early modern period. Starting with the Reformation, we will compare the different characteristics of the English and Scottish Churches and uncover the corresponding impact on popular beliefs and practices. Essentially, we will be asking ‘how did ordinary people live, love, and spend their free time in early modern Britain?’.
What will we cover?
- The Reformation
- Magical beliefs
- Witchcraft and witch trials
- Early modern holidays and festivals.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain the impact of the Reformation on popular beliefs.
- Compare early modern popular culture in England and Scotland.
- Appreciate the impact of belief in fairies, elves, and witches on the lives of ordinary people in Britain.
- Understand the origin of modern festivals such as Haloween.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginner level course, suitable for anyone with an interest in early modern English and Scottish history.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mixture of lecturing and group discussion, with student participation strongly encouraged. There will be opportunities to study source material outside the class, but this is entirely optional and dependent on individual level of interest.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a pen and notepad.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in British and European history. Please seee the City Lit website.