Elizabeth I: marriage, warfare and foreign policy
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HBH19
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Queen of England for almost 45 years, Elizabeth was the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. On this introductory course we will explore Elizabeth’s political strategies in relation to marriage, diplomacy, religion and Parliament; her role as Supreme Governor of the English church and the impact of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement on foreign policy; and the success of Elizabethan ‘spymaster’ Francis Walsingham in uncovering plots against her. We will evaluate Elizabeth’s foreign policies with reference to global travel, new trading routes, and, of course, the attempted Spanish invasion. Finally, we will consider Elizabeth’s later years, which saw events such as the Essex Rebellion, together with her reluctant acceptance of her godson, James VI of Scotland, as her successor.
What will we cover?
Week 1: Accession & early reign
Week 2: Parliament, politics & marriage
Week 3: The Elizabethan Religious Settlement
Week 4: Spymasters & Espionage: the case of Mary, Queen of Scots
Week 5: Exploration, foreign policy & Spain
Week 6: A Second Reign? Elizabeth’s later years.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain the reasons why Elizabeth chose not to marry
• Evaluate the short-term and long-term impact of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement
• Assess the effectiveness of Elizabeth’s ‘spymasters’ in controlling rebellion & challenges to the throne
• Explain the impact of global exploration in the period
• Evaluate foreign policy with reference to the attempted Spanish invasion
• Assess the concept of a ‘second reign’ and the issue of succession.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the topic is necessary – an open mind and a willingness to constructively engage in discussions is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through lectures, discussions, debates and class activities. Optional extended reading will be available, together with a reading list
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad to class if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH20 : Life in Elizabethan England.