Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH21
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Often portrayed as a dour ‘accountant-king,’ on this six-week course we will explore the life of Henry VII, including
the insecurities in his claim to the throne and the concept of ruling by ‘right of conquest.’ We will consider different
aspects of Henry’s reign, including the establishment of his court, early rebellions against his rule, foreign and
domestic policies, and his unpopular methods of taxation with the nobility and his law enforcement policies, which
brought an end to many aspects of late-medieval feudalism.
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?
Week 1: Overview: Richard III, Henry VII & The Battle of Bosworth
• Week 2: Rebellions & resistance: establishing & consolidating power
• Week 3: Foreign policy
• Week 4: Feudalism, the power of noblemen & law enforcement
• Week 5: Greed and avarice? Economics, trade & taxation
• Week 6: Last years, death & succession.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Critically evaluate the Tudor claim to the throne
• Assess the reasons why rebellions against Henry VII failed
• Evaluate the reasons for Henry’s European alliances
• Explain why Henry’s domestic economic policies proved so unpopular with the nobility
• Assess the impact of Henry’s law enforcement policies on late medieval feudalism.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online via weekly sessions. Google Classroom is available with resources including weekly slides, free read articles (subject to availability) and links to documentaries.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a pen and notepad.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH22 The Reformation: Reassessing the reign of Henry V111.