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The War of the Roses: Power, Politics and Personalities

University of Oxford

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About

The recent discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester highlights the dynamic new research being conducted into the period known as the Wars of the Roses. This The War of the Roses: Power, Politics and Personalities courses asks students to engage with the latest work on this exciting and tumultous period.

Overview

Learning outcomes

  • The The War of the Roses: Power, Politics and Personalities were a time of political upheaval and warfare in England during the fifteenth century. They were rooted in the disastrous reign of Henry VI and erupted into rebellions, battles and popular risings. Fought by lords and commons, for the cause of good government, they were also conflicts between families and friends concerned with property and power. 
  • Recent historical research offers new insights into government records, gentry letters and papers and popular ballads. Due to the diverse nature of the Wars of the Roses, historians continue to generate debates and questions, to which students taking this course can themselves directly contribute.

Course aims

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the most recent research into social, economic, political and cultural changes in English society during the period 1450-1500. It will give students an appreciation of the huge range of textual, architectural and archaeological sources which can be used to gain further insight into the Wars of the Roses.

Course objectives:

  • To examine the multifaceted causes of the Wars of the Roses.
  • To assess the extent and nature of social, economic and political change in the period 1450-1500.
  • To analyse the most recent scholarly debates.

Teaching outcomes

By the end of this course students will be expected to understand:

  • The most recent research into the causes of the Wars of the Roses.
  • The short term and longer term structural changes precipitated by the conflict.
  • The nature of the evidence of the period.
By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following skills:
  • To be able to assess medieval textual and visual sources in order to evaluate the social, economic and political change in the period 1450-1500.
  • To be able to critically appraise the relevant scholarly literature.

Programme Structure

Programme details

  • Introduction: Narratives of the Wars of the Roses
  • Interpreting the Sources: Chronicles, Letters, Ballads and Governmental Rolls
  • Henry VI: Minority, Rule and Revolt 
  • The Fall of the House of Lancaster: Edward IV’s Challenge
  • The Wars of the Roses: Warfare, Armies and Military Tactics
  • The Wars of the Roses: Local Experiences 
  • Return of Henry VI and the Victory of Edward IV 
  • Royal Power: The Reputation of Richard III
  • Early Tudor Rule: A Revolution in Governance?
  • Legacy: Tudor Historians and the Wars of the Roses

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

10 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. 
  • This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    300 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.

Funding

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