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History – Revolting Peasants: Medieval popular uprisings against the status quo, taxation and religious interference - Online Live - TON

Day of week:
Delivered online
Mixed Level
14:00 - 16:00
4 weeks

This is an online course delivered using Zoom, in real time with live interaction with your tutor and fellow learners.
According to ‘1066 and all that’, English history comprises 103 good things, 5 bad kings and 2 genuine dates, but what made a bad medieval king? This course focuses on the lives of rulers who were mocked, defeated in battle, deposed and/or murdered and considers whether their reputations and ends were deserved or not, and what made them the way they were.

1 week will focus on continental Kings
3 weeks will focus on the 5 bad English kings (and by way of comparison some allegedly good ones)

At the end of the course,
• Learners should be able to compare the periods of anarchy and civil war under Aethelred and Stephen and discuss whether they were ‘bad’ or unlucky; make comparisons with the later reigns of John and Henry III
• Discuss why the reigns of Edward II and Richard II were held to be so bad that both ended with deposition and death
• Discuss the reputations of Henry V and VI and Richard III in terms of their personal qualities and actions and their long-term effects on England
. Name and relate anecdotes about at least 2 amusingly named non-English medieval rulers

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Richard Marsden

Richard has taught for Kent Adult Education for a number of years. He has an MA (Cantab) and a BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages. His mother is French and he has family connections in France and he also knows Latin. He is a keen amateur local historian with a particular interest in the traditional buildings of Kent.

View all courses taught by Richard Marsden here

How will I be taught?

The classes will be delivered via Zoom and be slide-based. We will use as much contemporary material as possible, combined with modern analysis and literary evidence, to tell the story and understand the motives and lives of men and women on both sides.
Questions and discussions are always welcome to develop understanding of the subject and help reflecting on other periods of History and other parts of the world.

What do I need to have with me?

Handouts will be provided; students should bring a folder or file for handouts and notes, and writing materials

What can I do next?

You can progress to enrol to our wide range of History courses, including further courses on medieval history. Please ask at an Adult Education Centre or visit our website:

What do I need to join the course

Anyone with an interest in medieval history of England and the European context. New students welcome.
An Internet access and a device that can connect to Zoom will be necessary. Please enquire if unsure.

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/108960/K/NC.