"We continue our review of the end of The Wars of the Roses and Henry Tudor’s rise to power."
Do you recall the nursery rhyme that opens with "The king was in his counting house counting out his money"?
This would be an apt summary of the late period of Henry VII's reign. He subdued his nobles by financial blackmail and provided his successors with a royal fortune. Unlike previous monarchs he checked all accounts and signed off on each. Such meticulous oversight was something new to England and enabled Henry to remain independent of Parliament.
Our next session will look at the lives of three women who were powerful players during the period leading to the end of the Wars of the Roses.
We turn our attention to Ireland and take an overview from the period of Norman rule to the Elizabethan era using “The Story of Ireland” DVD as our guide. This is a history of colonialism, clan loyalties and religious differences.
This course resumes on the 10th August. (2nd & 4th Fridays 1.30-3.30pm). New participants welcome!
We are in for more bloody history as we complete our review of the War of the Roses and investigate the rise of the Tudors.
I have plenty of dvds so we can relax as we enjoy our visual feast, no need to enroll, just turn up!
Terry Case (0427 621700)
Armchair History will resume on August 10th. We will meet at our regular time, 2nd & 4th Fridays starting at 1.30pm. We use a dvd for part of each session to tell history from different viewpoints then discuss what we have seen. I hope to conclude with the reign of Henry VII (The Winter King).
If you would like to join the group, just show up at our first session. I will be away for a while, but you can contact me after July 10th.
Terry Case will be returning with Armchair History in Semester II, 2018.
Other history related courses being offered in Semester I may be of interest to Armchair History regulars. Meg Dillon is offering 'Some Moments in Australian History' on the 2nd and 4th Fridays between 1.30 and 3.30 during Semester I. John Barry will continue to track the history and anniversary events of the Great War in 'Over There' on the third Friday afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30 pm.
The course was judged a success by the class and we will continue in Semester 2 next year looking at the intriguing reign of Queen Victoria and why people in Britain and its Empire proudly called themselves “Victorians”.
Once again I have a large collection of DVDs to illustrate the era and you can sit back and enjoy your history:
We continue to look at the 14th Century and the brutal reigns of the Plantagenet monarchs. I am going to extend the class with a session in the 2nd week of December. Next year Meg’s Australian History class will operate in Semester 1 and Armchair History will resume probably in August. Details will be in the Newsletter. You will be able to enrol in January or can contact me next year.
I promised my group I would provide details from the two books that have provided much of my background reading for the period of the 12th & 13th Centuries which we are now studying. Alison’s biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine at times reads like a mediaeval romance, but a glance to the footnotes ensures we are reading a well-researched account.
Eleanor was first married to the King of France and after that marriage was annulled she quickly married Henry II of England and provided him with the immense lands she had inherited in Aquitaine. For women of this period marriage meant surrendering all possessions to your husband and having no say in decision making. Eleanor was an exception and became a powerful Queen, acting as Regent for her son Richard the Lionheart as both he and John became Kings of England.
The book cover shows a window in Poitiers Cathedral donated by Henry & Eleanor to celebrate their marriage.
Armchair History in Semester 2 2018 - 'The Invaders'
Continuing our focus on British history, we resume on August 10 in Semester 2 2018 when we will cover the War of the Roses (the real Game of Thrones) and conclude with the reign of Henry VII (The Winter King).
2nd and 4th Friday 1:30 pm to 3.30 pm U3A Meeting Room in Fawckner Drive. .
Convenor/s and Contact Details
Terry Case 5762 1700