|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2,000 word essay||50%|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours 1.5 hour exam||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||2,000 word essay||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours 1.5 hour exam||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Identify and explain the key historiographical debates concerning gender and monarchy in 16th-century Europe.
Demonstrate an understanding of 16th-century political systems and their cultural implications.
Evaluate the varied meanings of the term ‘patriarchy’.
Evaluate a range of primary sources related to the statecraft of female rulers and its cultural representation.
The second half of the sixteenth century is probably the very first period in European history for which we have sufficient evidence to be able to examine both Queens and their humblest subjects: the destitute poor, the conscripted soldiers, the alewives and the cunning women: think of the variety of people Shakespeare depicted in his plays. But remember, too, that all his female parts were acted by boys and young men (again, a plot device in the movie Elizabeth). Why this, if women ruled? What did it mean for a man to be laughed at by his fellows in the alehouse as a cuckold? And why did teenage apprentices attack brothels on Shrove Tuesday? Why did all contemporaries make such play with 'inversion', with turning the world upside down, with Carnival? Were late sixteenth-century politics really as sexualised as those of our own day? Did men really have such a hard time? And why do film-makers keep returning to this period and its personalities?
Lecture 1 Introduction to the Course
Lecture 2: The Three Queens' world: some facts and illusions. The evidence of painted images
Lecture 3: Tudor Queenship in long-term perspective. Female 'weakness' and state-building down to the Reformation
Lecture 4: The Reformation, and 'Humanism'
Lecture 5: The microcosm and the macrocosm. Natalie Zemon Davis' microhistory of events in one French village in the 1540s
Lecture 6: Three queens, parallel lives
Lecture 7: Three queens on screen
Lecture 8: Monarchy, dynasty and reformation
Lecture 9: The Scottish monarchy
Lecture 10: The Sounds of the sixteenth century. Music, and sculpture
Lecture 11: Catherine de Medici
Lecture 12: Representing religious war in history books
Lecture 13: Mary Queen of Scots in context
Lecture 14: Our three queens' lives in parallel, the 1560s.
Lecture 15: Tudor poverty and Elizabeth’s long reign
Lecture 16: Catrin of Berain, not quite a queen
Lecture 17: Castiglione's Courtier
Lecture 18: Pulling everything together. The impact of women's history
1 Images and Meanings
2 Bess of Hardwick and Mary Queen of Scots
3 Elizabeth I at Tilbury
4 Catherine de Medici and the St Bartholomew Massacre
5 Grace O'Malley and other 'queens'
This module is at CQFW Level 4