Monarchy and Revolution: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms
The seventeenth century was an era of phenomenal political, social and religious change across the British Isles. No other period in the history of these islands has experienced such dramatic and dynamic changes that were felt at every level of society. This course opens with the arrival of a new dynasty on the English and Irish thrones, which was the first time that the crowns of all three Britannic kingdoms had been united in a single person. However, the fact that it was only the crowns that were united would become an all too apparent, and indeed problematic issue as the century progressed. The century witnessed rebellion against the new Stuart dynasty in all three kingdoms, the execution of a legitimate sovereign, the establishment of a militaristic, pseudo-theocratic republic, the restoration of the monarchy, the usurpation of another legitimate king, and the emergence of a parliamentary democracy by the eve of the eighteenth century. Even though they took place some 400 years ago, the events of seventeenth century continue to have an impact to this day across the nation states that currently occupy the British Isles.
- James I & VI: a New King and the Challenge of Unity
- James I & VI and Religion: Problems at Home and Abroad
- Charles I: the Man and the Monarch
- Charles I: The Personal Rule
- The Bishops’ War
- The Great Irish Rebellion
- England’s Civil War: Parliament v. Crown
- The Decline and Fall of ‘Charles Stuart’
- Cromwell and his Republic
- The Restoration and the Settlement of the Three Kingdoms
- Charles II – A Golden Age?
- Charles II: Court and Country
- James VII and II: Fears, Hopes and Reality
- Glorious Revolution and the Orange Triumph
Course Aims & Objectives
The primary aim of this course is to enable students to develop their knowledge of British and Irish history and facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the varying strands of the history of the three kingdoms (England, Scotland and Ireland).
It will aim to achieve this through both thematic and prosopographic structures, whilst simultaneously enhancing the historiographical skills of the student.
To demonstrate, orally and in written form, a knowledge of ideological concepts of political history and government and be able to apply these to particular situations.
To demonstrate developed research skills and justify their appropriate application, orally and in written form.
To complete regular class work each week, as set by the tutor, using a range of visual, oral and written material, both individually and as a member of a group.
All students must fulfil formal assessment requirements. These consist of:
Weekly class assignments (60%). These will normally take the form of essays or documentary analysis. The completed work will be examined and discussed with the tutor in weekly individual tutorials.
Class participation (40%). Students are required to attend all group and individual sessions and will be expected to participate fully in all class activities and discussions. Where appropriate this will also involve preparatory reading of recommended texts.
This class is normally delivered over one term, with 90 teaching contact hours or equivalent in the Michaelmas term, and 60 teaching contact hours for Hilary and Trinity terms. For students requesting credit, we recommend the transfer of three college credits for Michaelmas and two college credits for Hilary and Trinity, on successful completion of the class.
|Student understands broad range of ideological concepts, has excellent|
|DISTINCTION||understanding of their impact in relation to given historical situations,|
|Grade A||and shows excellent communication skills in constructing an original and|
|persuasive argument, with reference to a broad range of evidence.|
|Student understands core ideological concepts clearly, has advanced|
|CREDIT||understanding of their impact in relation to given historical situations,|
|Grade B||and can construct a sound argument to reflect that with persuasive use|
|Student understands core ideological concepts, has clear understanding|
|MERIT||of their impact in relation to given historical situations, and can construct|
|Grade C||an argument to reflect that knowledge accurately, with reference to a|
|range of evidence.|
|PASS||Student understands basic ideological concepts, has some|
|understanding of their impact in relation to given historical situations,|
|and some ability to communicate that information both orally and in|
|FAIL||None of the criteria listed above is met.|
Recommended Introductory Reading
The list below is for guidance and to supply some ideas for preliminary reading. We recommend that you do not purchase the books on this list before arrival and certainly not all of them; most should be available from a good library. Your tutor will recommend the most appropriate books for purchase at the first class of term.
Adair, John, Puritans: Religion and Politics in Seventeenth Century England and America
Anderson, Angela,Stuart Britain 1603-1714
Anderson, Angela,The Civil Wars 1640-1609
Ashley, Maurice,Oliver Cromwell and his world
Aylmer, G. E., The Struggle for the Constitution: England in the Seventeenth Century
Brailsford, H. N.,The Levellers and the English Revolution
Brice, Katherine, The Early Stuarts 1603-1640 Coward, Barry (ed), A Companion to Stuart Britain
|Coward, Barry,||The Stuart Age|
|Cust, Richard,||Charles I|
|Fellows, Nicholas,||Charles II & James II|
Fraser, Antonia,The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605
Fraser, Antonia,Cromwell – Our Chief of Men
Fraser, Antonia, King Charles II
Gaunt, Peter, The British Wars, 1637-1651
Gillespie, Raymond, Seventeenth Century Ireland
Haley, K. H. D.,Politics in the Reign of Charles II
|Harris, Tim||Restoration: Charles II and his kingdoms|
|Heard, Nigel (ed),||The English Civil War|
|Heard, Nigel,||Stuart Economy and Society|
Hill, Christopher,God’s Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
Hill, Christopher,The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
Hill, Christopher,Puritanism and Revolution
Holmes, Geoffrey,The Making of a Great Power, 1660-1722
|Houston, S. J.,||James I|
|Jones, J. R.,||Country and Court, England, 1658-1714|
|Kenyon, J. P.,||Stuart England|
|Kenyon, John,||The Popish Plot|
Kishlansky, Mark,A Monarchy Transformed, Britain 1603-1714
Lockyear, Roger,Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485-1714
Lynch, Michael,The Interregnum, 1649-1660
Macinnes, A. I.,The British Revolution, 1629-1660
Miller, John, The Glorious Revolution Miller, John, James II
Newman, P. R.Atlas of the English Civil War
Parry, R. H., The English Civil War and After, 1642-1660 Purkiss, Diane, The English Civil War: A People’s History
Richardson, R. C.,The Debate on the English Revolution
Seel, G. E., Regicide and Republic: England 1603-1660
Smith, David Lee,A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707
Stone, Lawrence,Causes of the English Revolution, 1529-1642
Wedgwood, C. V.,The King’s Peace, 1637-1641
Woolrych, Austin,England Without a King
Young, P. & Holmes, R., The English Civil War