Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH11
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
The causes and consequences of the sixteenth century Reformation in Europe.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We begin by looking at the pre-Reformation culture and belief and consider why Martin Luther’s message was so successful? Why did the Reformation start in Germany rather than anywhere else? We look then at the impact of Lutherism beyond Germany and the rise of Calvinism. How did the Catholic church respond? We consider the impact of the Reformation on the visual arts; the impact of the printing press, and the role played by women. Finally, we consider the consequences of the Reformation and question its success. Why did it succeed in some areas and not in others?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Differentiate between the beliefs of Luther and Calvin
• Assess the impact of the printing press upon the success of the Reformation
• Describe what is meant by the Counter-Reformation
• Explain why the Reformation succeeded in some areas and not in others
• Debate on the consequences of the Reformation.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week there will be a PowerPoint presentation and a seminar-style discussion of original sources (in translation) pertinent to the topic. You are invited to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group. You will be encouraged to do homework reading in order to foster debate.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need only bring note-taking materials. All reading materials will be provided. If you wish to purchase a book I would recommend Peter Marshall (ed) The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2015).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European history. Please see the City Lit website.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.