First we discussed how the students would present the past to the public. There were many ideas and quite a few of them revolved on a multi- audience base. It seems the students have really caught on to the fact that not everyone has the same interests and different methods would be need to appease a range of different types of people. From children, to the quick lookers, to those who are genially interested in the deep historical information at a site. They also noticed the effectiveness of good guides and interpreters.
Then we moved onto our lesson on the Stuarts and the Civil War. This picked up after Elizabeth's death in 1603, when James VI took over. His fame comes from the Gunpowder Plot by Guy Fawkes and his attempt at blowing up Parliament, the King James' version of the Bible, and exploration. Basically he was quite popular with the people seeing as he kept taxes low and they experienced no war during his ruling.
Then we moved on to Charles I (1625-1649). He believed himself to be an absolute king, having the divine right to do as he wanted. He also caused problems by hating Parliament and married a Catholic, French woman. Seeing as the country was Protestant and hated the French (both due to war and extreme loss of life), one could understand the general dislike of King Charles I. In general the Stuarts as a whole rubbed the English people the wrong way. They weren't English, they mostly thought themselves divine kings, they liked France and in general disliked the people of England. Towards the end of James' rule, the 30 Years War (1618-1648) broke out due to conflict over the role of religion (mostly centered in the Holy Roman Empire). England really failed to support the Protestants despite the general population wanting to help them.
After this Civil War broke out in 1642-1646 and 1648-1649 between Parliament and their supporters against the King and his supporters. This Civil War brought about the new form or armies as well as Oliver Cromwell. Charles I was executed in 1649. Cromwell then became the Lord Protector, and Parliament was disbanded. However things were not quite right seeing seeing as Cromwell essentially replaced James with himself. After his son Richard Cromwell took over in 1658, he was ousted in 1660. Charles II took over and continued into colonialism with the age of exploration, and conflicts with Spain.
After class we took the train down to Lancaster.