Mary Queen of Scots
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HBH44
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Mary ruled Scotland from 1542 until forced to abdicate in 1567, with her time thereon spent in confinement in various castles and manor houses in England. Considered a symbolic rallying point for English Catholics, Mary’s perceived threat to Elizabeth I led to her execution in 1586. On this two-week course, we will explore her early life and reign and ill-fated marriages; her abdication and the Marian civil war; how her life was affected by both the Scottish Reformation and Protestant Settlement in England; and the events and intrigues that led to her execution.
What will we cover?
• Mary, Queen of Scots in Popular Culture
• Mary’s early life: Scotland, England & France
• Mary’s marriages to Lord Darnley and the Earl of Bosworth
• The impact of the Scottish Reformation & the Elizabethan Religious Settlement on Mary
• Mary’s Abdication & the Marian civil war
• Mary, Elizabeth and Europe
• The Rising of the North
• The Ridolfi and Babington Plots
• Mary’s execution.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Critically evaluate how Mary is portrayed in popular culture
• Assess the impact of the Scottish Reformation on Mary’s reign
• Evaluate the reasons for the Mary’s abdication and the Marian civil war
• Explain the impact on Mary’s fate of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement on England
• Assess the impact of European diplomatic relations on Mary’s relationship with Elizabeth
• Explain the significance of the Rising of the North, and the Ridolfi and Babington Plots.
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 required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught via weekly sessions.
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?
Other courses in English, Scottish and Irish history. Please see the City Lit website.