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History - Robin Hood and King John - Online Live

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Delivered online
Mixed Level
13:00 - 15:00
1 week

Online Live

Through examination and discussion of primary sources and modern historical analysis, we will consider the possible identity of the ‘real’ Robin Hood and consider the questions of civil disobedience and social unrest during the rule of Prince – later, King - John. We will also consider the personality of John, drawing on contemporary and near contemporary sources such as Richard of Devizes and Matthew Paris, as well as later representations (such as that of Shakespeare) in order to evaluate the significance of the King’s character upon the stability of the realm that generated Magna Carta.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Identify and discuss the possible identity of the genuine ‘Robin Hood’
• Describe the society that gave rise to the legend of the ‘hooded man’
• Discuss the reasons for the creation of Magna Carta
• Assess the role of folklore in our national history

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

View all courses taught by Naomi Dickins here

How will I be taught?

We shall use small group work, tutor input and discussion.
You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Plan.

What do I need to have with me?

Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in social history you may wish to bring note taking materials.

What can I do next?

We offer a range of history, architecture and social history courses. Please ask at a Centre or go to

What do I need to join the course

All you need is a sense of enquiry.

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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/119955/M/LC.