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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 14 comments Go To Comment

  1. L

    I just can’t wait!

  2. J

    Thank you so much for this information!

  3. E

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

    1. C - 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. M

    I’m in!

  5. B

    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. A

    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. C - Post Author

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

  7. L

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

    1. C - 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. C

    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. C - Post Author

      I hope it goes well!

  9. R

    At Bacton Church, Herefordshire, UK there is the Blanche Parry Monument. It depicts Blanche kneeling next to the Queen who is sitting. I can send a photograph of it if you wish. It is securely dated to before 1578 and therefore pre-dates all the portraits of the Queen as Gloriana. It depicts the transformation of the Queen from being depicted as a real person to being depicted as an icon. In this case her stance copies that of St. Faith the patron saint of this Church. It is extremely rare for any transition to be preserved as normally we see only the before-and-after images. For details see my biography of Blanche Parry: ‘Mistress Blanche Queen Elizabeth I’s Confidante’ published Logaston Press 2018 (2nd edition).

    1. C - Post Author

      I’d love to see that photo, Ruth, thank you. My email is [email protected]

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