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Online Course – Gloriana: the life and times of Elizabeth I, 1533-1603

elizabethermineportrait hilliardI've had an email from the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education about an online course they're running in 2016 on Elizabeth I. It looks really good so I just had to share the details.
You can find out more about it and book online at, but here is the blurb:

She was called Gloriana! The Virgin Queen! Elizabeth created a propaganda image of herself embodying English victories and English power which has endured into the 21st century. But what was the reality of her reign? This course will seek to explore the life and times of this extraordinary woman and, in the process, uncover something of the truth behind the mask. We will explore such topics as her troubled and often dangerous youth, her policies as Queen where she was a woman in a man's world, as well as looking at some of the famous events and personalities of her reign.

Aims of the course:

  • To provide a narrative of the life and times of Elizabeth I
  • To introduce the key personalities and events in her life and reign and their significance
  • To consider some aspects of the social and cultural life of Elizabethan England

Course content overview:
This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the general narrative of the period 1533-1603, focusing upon the life and reign of Elizabeth I. The course will examine the personalities involved, religious, social and cultural history, the war with Spain and the Armada as well as discussing some of the long-term consequences of the reign.

Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):
Orientation Week: 18-24 April 2016
Teaching Weeks: 25 April-29 May 2016
Feedback Week: 30 May-5 June 2016

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.

There are 12 comments Go To Comment

  1. Lorenta Cirtog /

    I just can’t wait!

  2. J Michelle Gates /

    Thank you so much for this information!

  3. Elissa Anderson /

    Can people in the US sign up and how much is the cost?

    1. Claire Ridgway / Post Author

      If you click on the link in the post it gives you all the details – length, cost (£235) etc. and it’s online so it can be done by anyone internationally.

  4. Mary the Quene /

    I’m in!

  5. Beth Gunter /

    I’m so excited to take this online class! Btw, if you’re in the US like me, you can still take it. £235 =$365 in U.S. dollars I did a similar class on the Tudor dynasty at the University of Exeter totally online. But, to have class devoted to Elizabeth I, is wonderful news, as she is my focal point within the Tudor reign.

  6. Annette Glendenning /

    Sounds wonderful!
    Just one question. Any pre-exquisites? How brilliant do you need to be in order to take this course. LOL! 🙂

    Thank you,

    1. Claire Ridgway / Post Author

      Just a competency in English. You can find out more at the link I give. Enjoy it!

  7. Linda Fox /

    I am looking forward to this…please leave info on the site so we can register.
    Thanks so much

    1. Claire Ridgway / Post Author

      Hi Linda,
      You can book online at the link I give above – – there’s an orange button on the right which says “Book Online Now”. I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Catherine Berry /

    Thank you for this information Claire, I have just booked myself on this course. I’ll let you know how I get on, it will certainly help me with my blog.

    1. Claire Ridgway / Post Author

      I hope it goes well!

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Online Course – Gloriana: the life and times of Elizabeth I, 1533-1603