When: Wednesdays Oct 5, 12, 19 Nov 2 10:00 am – noon
(no class Oct 26)
Where: The Hampton Inn
Cost: $135.00 for 4 session(s)
Type: In Person
Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove PhD, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
For the past 1400 years, English subjects have expected their male monarchs to marry in order to provide for an orderly succession. There have been rare occasions when queens reigned in their own right. The wives of Henry VIII merit attention because of their differing fates at the outset of the English Reformation. Some English queens were dismissed as evil, and some heralded as great monarchs. Consider the fascinating stories of twelve of these influential women and their significant role in English history from the early medieval period through the contemporary era.
Week 1: Matilda, wife of King Stephen (1135-1154), who governed in place of her imprisoned husband and Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife to Henry II (1154-1189), one of the most influential women in the Middle Ages.
Week 2: The Six Wives of Henry VIII – Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. Differing dramatically in age, personality, and fate, they were connected by the dramatic religious change that began in 1527.
Week 3: Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I – the alpha and omega of English queens. Mary has gone down in history as the horrible Bloody Mary, while Elizabeth has become Gloriana, the symbol of Protestant national identity.
Week 4: Victoria and Elizabeth II – the two longest reigning monarchs in all English history.