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Initial post: 26 Nov 2013 21:43:29 GMT
Is anyone else currently doing this course? I'm sure a number of people said they were. I am. Was wondering how people are finding it and whether it's what they expected.

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 04:11:17 GMT
First week so expected it to signpost what was coming up.

Felt it was very thin beer, with little guidance on elements to prepare for. The discussion seemed go bog down in the class struggle rather than any debate on the key players.

It's not what I was expecting but it may develop into something far better :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 11:13:33 GMT
It's more intensive than I was expecting - in that I thought the week's teaching might be similar to a Horizon prog. I think it depends whether you're trying to learn and remember or simply let it wash over you.

The topic for discussion is the impact on upper and lower classes so the comments are what I would expect. The key players are a very small minority. Don't forget, the course is on England at the time of Richard III, it's about life and society in general at that time and on how the wars may have affected your life, whether you were a farm worker or nobility. It isn't particularly about the politics of the rulers.

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 13:45:38 GMT
Bookie says:
I enjoyed it, especially the short interactive video with the 30 year timeline for the WotR. It put the locations and each side into a meaningful context. I was surprised at the number of factual errors and the extent to which discussions became bogged down. I was hoping for more or better additional reading, but maybe that will come and my main interest is in the social impact rather than the politics. I'm happy with it and as a totally free resource, impressed.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 14:49:05 GMT
Do you mean factual errors in the course or the discussion comments?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 15:00:02 GMT
Bookie says:
Factual errors in the course content with dates and some names apparently! I don't know enough to be any the wiser but some participants seemed incensed and grumpy. I stopped reading the comments because it became too confusing!

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 17:10:53 GMT
The Fifteenth Century 1399-1485 (Oxford History of England) - I'm still ploughing through it (I love the Oxford collection - there are some pretty cheap copies of this one available) is my go-to reference book for this at the moment. Just in terms of suggesting what other people may be reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 18:12:03 GMT
Bookie says:
Thanks CW! I won't be paying £102 for this helpful text anytime soon, but I'll bear your recommendation in mind if I see it anywhere at significantly less.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 19:10:32 GMT
:) The options at 56p and 88p (plus postage) are insane bargains. I paid somewhere in the middle, but I am both reading and collecting them so I like them in good condition. I just love them as no nonsense clear history books :)

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 19:32:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Nov 2013 19:34:27 GMT
Debra R says:
Thanks CW - will look into that too. I found the course easy to access but I'm still slightly confused over the 'main players' of the time - will have to reread that bit I think. Thought there was a lot to look at for a free course, especially in the first week, but IMO so far so good.

ETA - have just looked CW, not sure its for me but there is definitely lots to learn from it, happy reading!

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 21:11:39 GMT
Given that the course is free and open to all without any assessment of ability or prior knowledge, it will inevitably be too simplistic for some and more challenging for others. That said I enjoyed it and think it presented a useful basic background and starting point from which one could pursue individual interests. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the course brings.

Found this which might be of interest especially for 47p!!
A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 23:17:44 GMT
I think that's true of most university arts courses. It's up to you to what extent/depth you follow up reading. The discussion topics would also make for good essays, I'm quite impressed at the way they get you thinking.
I'm not a historian of this period but I do have an archaeology masters and sat in on a lot of undergrad lectures so I have a reasonable idea of where this would fit in higher education terms.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2013 02:16:46 GMT
@Bookworm: AARgghhhh!!! Just when I was getting this spending lark under control - what an excellent series this seems to be. Have skimmed and now bought the series. I don't need excuses to sit by the fire reading all day - but now I have several :) Thank you :). CW/

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2013 10:46:20 GMT
Hi CW I only suggested you spend 47p not buy the whole series!!!:-) I was tempted by the Tudor one as well though. This course has been responsible for a surge in spending at this end as well. This mornings post brought me A Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer which was recommended to me. I did manage to source a good s/h copy though so not too expensive. Just as well the course is only 6 weeks!

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 10:52:44 GMT
For anyone interested there is a facebook discussion group set up for our Futurelearn course called England in the Time of Richard Third.
Warning to CW may include book recommendations:-)

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 12:54:57 GMT
rofl :@)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2014 12:09:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jul 2014 12:10:13 BDT
Soairse says:
Totally agree with Combat Wombat about the bogged down discussions; a cacophony of remarks, many not related to the subject and some participants are becoming concerned about the abusive comments which are emerging about religious beliefs in the current Purgatory and Afterlife section. Lots of misinformation, un-moderated by the course organizers.
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