13th Century: The Reigns of Henry III and Edward I - An Oxford University Course

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In partnership with Oxford University, this course explores thirteenth-century England during the reign of Henry III through to the accession of his son Edward I.

The boy king Henry III's throne was secured by the regent William Marshal who defeated the French at the battle of Lincoln. However, Henry's adult rule was markedly incompetent, his barons' dissafection culminating in the Provisions of Oxford and a baronial-dominated government led by Simon de Montfort, until his death at the hands of the king's forces at the battle of Evesham. Henry's incompetence at ruling indirectly helped to create an English Parliament.

In contrast, his son, Edward I appears as a truly formidable king who conquered Wales and defeated John de Balliol and William Wallace in Scotland. Under his rule, the English parliament and common law courts took shape. The architectural impact of his reign can be seen in the chain of castles he constructed across Wales and the Eleanor Crosses, monuments to his first wife, Eleanor of Castile.

Sessions run every Thursday from 10:00–noon for ten weeks.

What I'll learn

Modules covered include:

  • Thirteenth Century England and his ruler Henry III, foreign relations and failures in France. 
  • Henry III and the church through accession of his son Edward I.
  • Edward I reign and his legacy


How I'll learn

Each session will consist of an informal lecture usng PowerPoint for illustrations and key text, followed by analysis of contemporary documents through general and/or small group discussions. Handouts of documents will be distributed each week in advance of the relevant session.


How I'll be assessed

There are no formal assessments on this course.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

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This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.