The WEA runs Spring and Autumn term adult education courses in the Village Hall.
The Maplesteads' WEA Autumn 2018 course started on the 17th September 2018, when potential participants were invited to attended a course overview of the English Civil Wars and meet the tutor Simon Doney.
The first free introductory session commenced at 6.30pm, with complimentary wine and refreshments. The subsequent six 2-hour sessions (with mid-session coffee breaks) start at an earlier time than previous courses: 7.00pm. The cost of the full course is £51.10. Poster here.
The Civil Wars of 1642-49 were the result of serious conflict between Parliament and the Crown, with terrible battles between the Roundheads and Cavaliers, which saw this country suffering political division and profound religious change that fundamentally altered the course of its history.
This course, entitled The World Turned Upside Down, examines the reasons behind, and the consequences of, the Civil Wars, which affected the three Stuart kingdoms of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
The course will also investigate the common people’s experiences of the wars, explore the reasons why Parliament won and identify why the King was brought to trial and executed.
|Charles I||The Battle of Naseby||Oliver Cromwell|
The sessions will:
- give an account of the main developments of the wars, including the military successes and failures, the religious reforms and the people’s experience of war
- evaluate the reasons why Parliament won the first and second civil wars
- identify the key reasons why King was brought to trial and executed in 1649
The content of each week's sessions are as follows:
Week 1: Choosing sides: the Causes of the English Civil War
Week 2: Going to the Wars: The Course of War, 1642-46
Week 3: The Experience of War, Part One
Week 4: The Experience of War, Part Two
Week 5: The Army and the Levellers
Week 6: The Second Civil War, 1648
Week 7: Death of a King: Trial and Execution
Suggested reading, which will also be available to borrow from the Village Hall during this course, is listed below:
|Adair, J.||By the Sword Divided: Eyewitness Accounts of the English Civil War||Gloucester: Sutton, 1998|
|Bennett, M.||The Civil Wars, 1637-1653||Gloucester: Sutton, 1998|
|Bennett, M.||The English Civil War, 1640-49
||Harlow: Longman, 1995|
|Braddick, M.||God’s Fury, England Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars||London: Allen Lane, 2008|
|Cust, R.||Charles I: A Political Life||Harlow: Longman, 2005|
|Hibbert, C.||Cavaliers and Roundheads: The English at war 1942-1649||London: HarperCollins, 1993|
|Kenyon, J.P.||The Civil Wars of England: A Military History of England, Scotland
and Ireland 1638-1660
|Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998|
|Miller, J.||A Brief History of the English Civil Wars: Roundheads, Cavaliers and the Execution of the King||London: Constable and Robinson, 2009|
|Morrill, J. (Ed.)||The Impact of the English Civil War||London: Collins and Brown, 1991|
|Purkiss, D.||The English Civil War: A People’s History||London: Harper Perenniel, 2006|
|Wedgewood, C.V.||The King’s War 1641-1647
||London: Penguin, 2001|
|Wedgewood, C.V.||The Trial of King Charles I||London: Penguin, 1964|
|Woolrych, A.||Britain in Revolution||Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002|
For further information please contact the Maplesteads' WEA Secretary, Jean Bowers
- tel: 01787 460 181
- or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org