20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The Gunpowder Plot provoked endless debate at the time and in following centuries over the precise nature of the plot, its objectives and the degree of government complicity. The answers to these questions lie in a rich but ambiguous body of primary sources written by the government and its apologists, by Catholics, and by other observers. This course will enable students to analyse all these types of source, and to address systematically the problems of source analysis and interpretation that they present, while building up a detailed understanding of the problematic position of Catholics in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Restrictions on availability: Students must have taken 40 credits from HST202 HST2999

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Practical skills assessment

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