Scottish history: Renaissance, Regency and Regicide: The Stewart Dynasty, c.1371-c.1603.

Course Dates: 30/10/24 - 04/12/24
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
The course is about politics, culture, warfare and religion from c.1371, the reign of the first Stewart monarch, Robert II, to the Union of the Crowns and the loss of Scottish dynastic independence in c.1603 under James VI, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Scottish history: Renaissance, Regency and Regicide: The Stewart Dynasty, c.1371-c.1603.
  • Course Code: HBH97
  • Dates: 30/10/24 - 04/12/24
  • Time: 19:30 - 21:00
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Linsey Hunter

Course Code: HBH97

Wed, eve, 30 Oct - 04 Dec '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course investigates continuity and change in Scotland from the aftermath of the Second War of Independence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. This course will investigate who the Stewart monarchs were as a dynasty and how they dealt with the challenges to their rulership and to Scotland in the last couple of centuries of dynastic independence. The Stewarts faced a phenomenal amount of challenges from rival families, Gaelic clans, close family members, as well as from neighbouring monarchs, famine and disease, economic challenges, religious change and Reformation, as well as European conflict. However, they also benefited tremendously from the income from growing international trade with Europe and the Americas, were renowned for their cultural endeavours and often respected for their astute dealings with administration and bureaucratic institutions. So, why did so many Stewart rulers meet a violent end? This course will explore the fullest extent of the Stewart rulers from the most beautiful buildings to the messiest of interpersonal conflict.

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?

Week 1: Introduction to Late Medieval Scotland and the Early Stewart Kings
Week 2: Are there any other names than James?: The rest of the Pre-Reformation Stewarts
Week 3: Regions, Factions and Power
Week 4: Renaissance Splendour: Palaces, Abbeys and Things
Week 5: Regicide, Betrayal and Bloodshed
Week 6: The Road to Union: Reformation, Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI.

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

Identify the key events and achievements occurring within the reigns of the Stewarts.
Understand the chronology of late medieval Scotland under the Stewart dynasty.
Be able to identify the different Roberts and James’ as well as understanding the propaganda surrounding the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.
To understand what issues prompted division and discord in late medieval Scottish politics.
To be able to identify key features of Renaissance architecture and material culture in relation to key places and artefacts associated with members of the Stewart dynasty.
To decide which Stewarts deserved to be assassinated or executed!

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

No prior knowledge is necessary, but a good understanding of English is essential. An open mind and willingness to engage respectfully in class discussion and debate.

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

Each week’s class will include an interactive talk which uses PowerPoint to present images, maps and source quotations. Participants will also be encouraged to discuss the weekly materials and themes in small groups. Handouts will be provided to support learning and discussion. Short key readings will be identified in the course materials for those who wish to supplement their knowledge further.

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

You will require a notebook and pen or pencil. You may find a set of headphones to be helpful.

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

HBH101 and HBH102 will both explore Scottish history.

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.