By Divine Right

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topic: Stuarts | Session Type: Depth study

To endeavour to the last gasp the peace of the kingdom? The Banqueting House has stood for over 400 years; it is the last remaining part of Whitehall Palace, and was built as a reminder of the monarch’s divine right to rule.

In the role of jury, students will evaluate the evidence and make the ultimate judgement - is the king guilty? In the location where Charles I spent his final minutes, students will face the very decision that tore apart Stuart England.

Learning Objectives
Students will:

  • Draw their own conclusions on a major historical event through enquiry and exploration of different types of evidence.
  • Investigate how bias and personal belief lead to different interpretations of evidence in both past and present views of Charles I.

National Curriculum links
This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
  • Understanding how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past.
    Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions.

Booking information

Mondays to Fridays on request
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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