The Golden Age of Elizabeth I
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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 society; and the success of Elizabethan ‘spymaster’ Francis Walsingham in uncovering plots against her. We will also 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 among other events the Essex Rebellion, together with her reluctant acceptance of her godson James VI of Scotland as her successor.
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: Accession & early reign
Week 2: Parliament, politics & marriage
Week 3: The Elizabethan Religious Settlement
Week 4: Spymasters & Espionage
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
• Explain the impact of global exploration in the period
• Evaluate foreign policy with reference to the attempted Spanish invasion
• Evaluate economic growth and decline in the period
• 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 engage in discussions is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught via weekly online via interactive sessions. You will also have access to Google Classroom, where you will find optional reading for each of the sessions, and a reading list will also be available if you wish to extend your learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. Please bring a pen and paper if you wish to take notes in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH20 Religion, Heresy & Witchcraft in Early Modern England.