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Nov 12 - Nov 26
11:00 - 13:00
Later Stuarts: A tale of Two Brothers
short courses

Dates: 12, 19, 26 November 2018

Mondays: 11.00 – 13.00

Course code: 18TON365

As this course is now fully booked, please contact us using the email link on the right if you would like to be placed on the waiting list: this also helps us assess demand for a repeat course. Thank you.

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This course will cover the reigns of Charles II and James II up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688, looking at three themes:

  • understanding the Restoration and the troubled rule of Charles II
  • The Exclusion Crisis and the abdication of James II.

In these topics we will be looking beyond the image of Charles II as 'merry monarch' to discuss the destructive legacy of the civil war on both kings and how the unsettled matter of religion caused the Stuart dynasty to collapse.

We will also explore:

  •  Coffee-house Culture and the birth of the modern society.

Note: this course is intended as complimentary to our recent courses on Voices from the Civil War and on Oliver Cromwell, therefore they will not cover the Civil War or the Interregnum in detail.

Suggested reading

No preliminary reading is required, but a familiarity with the period through general texts may enhance your experience.

Additional information

  • No prior knowledge necessary
  • Suitable for beginners and intermediates
  • This course allows you to spend time exploring a subject for interest, among like-minded people, without formal assessment
  • There will be discussion activities during the courses

Intended learning outcomes

You will gain a good understanding of the key themes in the religious and political life of seventeenth century England.

You will the opportunity to explore in depth several specific topics that particularly characterise Stuart England.

You will become familiar with a variety of original documents that illustrate the points under discussion, and the course will include extensive use of visual images.

About the tutor

Rebecca is an Early Modern religious historian, specialising in the period of the English Civil War andthe Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell.  Her PhD was on the subject of the English church in the 1650s. Her Masters' thesis investigated the relationship between Church and State, focusing on the city of Canterbury in the fifteenth century. She has taught several undergraduate courses at the Canterbury campus on a range of late medieval and early modern topics, and given numerous papers on different aspects of late medieval and early modern religious history to academic and general interest audiences. She also has degrees in Landscape Architecture and maintains a strong interest in landscape and architectural history.


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