New: James 1 And The Golden Age Restored

We will look at the court of King James and empire building in 1615 when the first English ambassador was sent to India.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone interested in medieval history. No prior knowledge is required but a good understanding of English is essential.

What does this course cover

'The Golden Age Restored' is the title of a Ben Jonson masque written in 1615 concerned with the reform of a corrupt court. We therefore begin the day by studying the events at court that led to the production of the masque. The year, 1615, is also significant for the establishment of the first English ambassador, Sir Thomas Roe, at the court of the Mogul emperor Jahangir. It was Jahangir's son, who would later build the Taj Mahal. Roe's mission was to ensure the future trading success of the East India Company.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Explain the allegory of Jonson's The Golden Age Restored in relation to recent political events at the court of King James
- Read contemporary English impressions of the Mogul Emperor Jahangir
- Debate on James I's contribution to the emergence of the British Empire

What will it be like

There will be an informative talk during which class discussion will be encouraged. We shall analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion purposes. You are encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.

There will be plenty of opportunities to share/compare your ideas, questions and answers with the tutor and others in the group. You will also be able to provide feedback on the course and comment on how far you feel you have progressed

What else do you need to buy or do

No expense is required other than note-taking materials

What this course could lead to

You could enrol on other history or history of art courses run by Vanessa. Read the prospectus for more details or speak to reception staff.

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