Course overview

This online course is a progression from the autumn course "Edward III and The Plantagenet Dynasty". However, new learners are warmly welcomed. The emergence of the House of Lancaster could have led to a major decline of the English realm, yet it achieved its greatest success against the old enemy of France. This fascinating course will visit and analyse the course of those events. We will explore how the succession after Edward III struggled to maintain its legitimacy and how it affected English society at large, as well as the wider, longer term consequences for the ongoing struggle against France.

Course description

This intermediate course will move on to explore key characters and events of the later Plantagenet Dynasty. We will focus on events of the succession after Edward III. As well as looking at key characters and events we will investigate how this affected English society at large in the late 14th century, as well as the longer term consequences across the water in France.

Learners will investigate and provide an outline of the course of the Peasants' Revolt. The course will also explore the misrule of Richard II and learners will identify key reasons for this misrule.

We will also explore the character of Henry Bolingboke and make observations on that character. We will summarise at least two factors that helped to keep the peace with France, between 1389 - 1415.

This is an online course with an experienced tutor. There will be clear learning outcomes which will enable learners to chart their progress of knowledge over this fascinating period.

Learners are encouraged to research the period either through reading material or other forms of media. Although this is not mandatory it may certainly whet your appetite for the course itself and enrich learner contribution.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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