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Charles I: an incorruptible crown

About this session

GCSE/A-Level | Subject: History | Topic: Stuarts | Session Type: Depth study

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.

Students will meet King Charles I, on the date of his execution. Using primary source 'eyewitness' accounts they will develop their skills of historical enquiry and learn more about the events from the point of view of the royals.

Students will take a walking tour that explores the lost palace of Whitehall. The day is an immersive opportunity to learn more about the English Civil War, using primary sources and costumed interpreters to explore the events through the eyes of a king.

National Curriculum links

At Key Stage 4:

  • OCR A: (J410/13) Component group 3 British depth study & historic environment: Personal Rule to Restoration 1629-60

At Key Stage 5:

  • AQA: Paper 1: Breadth Study - 1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702 part one; 2E The English Revolution, 1625-1660.
  • OCR: Y138/Y308 The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603-1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646-1660).
  • Edexcel: Paper 1: Breadth Study - 1C: Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and Settlement. Revolution in early modern & modern Europe.
  • WJEC: Royalty, rebellion and republic c.1625-1660: Unit 2 (AS): Part 1: the pressure on the monarchy and the drift to Civil War, c.1625-1642 and Unit 4 (A2): Part 2: Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate c.1642-1660.

Booking information

Availability 2017/18
Available on request Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.30am
2.5 hours
£186 plus admission

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Session Notes for Teachers

Key information about your school visit to the Banqueting House.

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Family tree of the late Stuart monarchy

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