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A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

Learn how England transformed itself from a medieval backwater into the first modern state in this sweeping course on one of the most interesting periods in history.

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48 Lectures

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Image of  England 1485–1714, the First Modern Country
England 1485–1714, the First Modern Country
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Image of  The Land and Its People in 1485—I
The Land and Its People in 1485—I
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Image of  The Land and Its People in 1485—II
The Land and Its People in 1485—II
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Image of  The Land and Its People in 1485—III
The Land and Its People in 1485—III
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Image of  Medieval Prelude—1377–1455
Medieval Prelude—1377–1455
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Image of  Medieval Prelude—1455–85
Medieval Prelude—1455–85
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Image of  Establishing the Tudor Dynasty—1485–97
Establishing the Tudor Dynasty—1485–97
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Image of  Establishing the Tudor Dynasty—1497–1509
Establishing the Tudor Dynasty—1497–1509
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Image of  Young King Hal—1509–27
Young King Hal—1509–27
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Image of  The King's Great Matter—1527–30
The King's Great Matter—1527–30
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11
Image of  The Break from Rome—1529–36
The Break from Rome—1529–36
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Image of  A Tudor Revolution—1536-47
A Tudor Revolution—1536-47
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Image of  The Last Years of Henry VIII—1540–47
The Last Years of Henry VIII—1540–47
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14
Image of  Edward VI—1547-53
Edward VI—1547-53
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Image of  Mary I—1553-58
Mary I—1553-58
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Image of  Young Elizabeth—1558
Young Elizabeth—1558
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Image of  The Elizabethan Settlement—1558–68
The Elizabethan Settlement—1558–68
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18
Image of  Set in a Dangerous World—1568–88
Set in a Dangerous World—1568–88
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Image of  Heart and Stomach of a Queen—1588–1603
Heart and Stomach of a Queen—1588–1603
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Image of  The Land and Its People in 1603
The Land and Its People in 1603
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Image of  Private Life—The Elite
Private Life—The Elite
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Image of  Private Life—The Commoners
Private Life—The Commoners
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Image of  The Ties that Bound
The Ties that Bound
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Image of  Order and Disorder
Order and Disorder
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25
Image of  Towns, Trade, and Colonization
Towns, Trade, and Colonization
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26
Image of  London
London
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27
Image of  The Elizabethan and Jacobean Age
The Elizabethan and Jacobean Age
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28
Image of  Establishing the Stuart Dynasty—1603–25
Establishing the Stuart Dynasty—1603–25
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Image of  The Ascendancy of Buckingham—1614–28
The Ascendancy of Buckingham—1614–28
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Image of  Religion and Local Control—1628–37
Religion and Local Control—1628–37
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Image of  Crisis of the Three Kingdoms—1637–42
Crisis of the Three Kingdoms—1637–42
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Image of  The Civil Wars—1642–49
The Civil Wars—1642–49
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Image of  The Search for a Settlement—1649–53
The Search for a Settlement—1649–53
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34
Image of  Cromwellian England—1653–60
Cromwellian England—1653–60
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35
Image of  The Restoration Settlement—1660–70
The Restoration Settlement—1660–70
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Image of  The Failure of the Restoration—1670–78
The Failure of the Restoration—1670–78
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Image of  The Popish Plot and Exclusion—1678–85
The Popish Plot and Exclusion—1678–85
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Image of  A Catholic Restoration? 1685–88
A Catholic Restoration? 1685–88
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Image of  The Glorious Revolution—1688–89
The Glorious Revolution—1688–89
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Image of  King William's War—1689–92
King William's War—1689–92
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Image of  King William's War—1692–1702
King William's War—1692–1702
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42
Image of  Queen Anne and the Rage of Party—1702
Queen Anne and the Rage of Party—1702
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43
Image of  Queen Anne's War—1702–10
Queen Anne's War—1702–10
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Image of  Queen Anne's Peace—1710–14
Queen Anne's Peace—1710–14
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45
Image of  Hanoverian Epilogue—1714–30
Hanoverian Epilogue—1714–30
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Image of  The Land and Its People in 1714—I
The Land and Its People in 1714—I
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Image of  The Land and Its People in 1714—II
The Land and Its People in 1714—II
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Image of  The Meaning of English History—1485–1714
The Meaning of English History—1485–1714
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Reviews

l********m
March 1, 2019
Overall, I'm torn. It took me months to get through this course, and I pride myself on finishing one lecture series by The Great Courses a month. But on the other hand I did enjoy the course and Bucholz's leprechaunic personality was a delight. I've spent several years studying and honing my knowledge on the Tudor period, so I would say I was board for the first half of this course. The second half, which focused on the Stuart Monarchs was much more interesting to me, because I'm just not as familiar with that time in history. Highlights for the course were the emphasis on the people. Bucholz stresses the importance of the common man just as much as any ruler - twice in the series we stop to follow "the woman" to discover all of the things she may have gone through depending on how long she lived. I was also pleasantly surprised by Queen Anne. There's been a lot of recent buzz about her because of the 2018 film, The Favourite, and I was happy to see her exhonorated from the way she was portrayed in that medium.

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m********m
February 11, 2019
Brilliant!!!

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j********t
January 25, 2019

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