The life and times of Edward VII

Course Dates: 11/03/23
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Edward VII was heir for nearly 60 years and often in conflict with his parents. He had a popular wife and charmed all those he met. When he succeeded he surprised many with his successful reign.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HBH35

Sat, day, 11 Mar - 11 Mar '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The life and times of Edward V11.

What will we cover?

The course will cover Edward’s upbringing and education, his difficulties in trying to live up to his parents’ expectations, his extravagant lifestyle, his popular marriage helping him to become the acceptable face of the monarchy after his mother disappeared into reclusive widowhood. Edward toured Britain and the Empire as well as other foreign countries laying down the pattern still followed by the royal family today. When he eventually succeeded he played an important role in government encouraging reforms in the navy and army and leading the push towards better relations with the French in the Entente Cordiale. Edward was also interested in culture founding the Order of Merit and food establishing roast beef and Yorkshire pudding as a standard Sunday lunch.

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

Demonstrate understanding of the roles of the monarch and parliament in the early C20th
Contribute to discussions on the role of Edward VII and his government in the development of the British Empire and the British way of life.

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

This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study.

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

Illustrated lectures, discussions, questionsA notebook would be helpful.

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

A notebook would be helpful.

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

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

William Sterling Tutor Website

After a BA in History & Geography at Keele with Music, Education and Greek Studies as subsidiaries, William Sterling taught History full-time before becoming a Civil Servant working for the Departments of Transport and Education. This allowed him to study part-time for his MA from Birkbeck and PhD from King’s College, London. From 1992, he lectured in Adult Education at a number of colleges before joining the City Lit in 2008. Since 1994 he has been an official Gallery Guide at the British Museum, covering the whole museum but specialising in the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans, the Medieval & Modern European and Enlightenment Galleries. As a lecturer, he specialises in those same areas as well as Royal History (especially British Monarchs from 1603 to 1910), Composers’ Lives and other Cultural, especially interdisciplinary, topics. He also lectures on Cruise Ships on subjects ranging from Vikings to Shakespeare. He runs a website offering free resources on the subjects he teaches.

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