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Charles I: an incorruptible crown

About this session

Key Stage 4 | Subject: History | Topic: Stuarts | Session Type: Depth study

A temporal or an eternal crown? 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?

Engaging with primary sources and deeply held beliefs, in the location where Charles I spent his final minutes, students will face the same 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.
  • Explore the role of bias and personal belief in the presentation of historical evidence and its impact on both contemporary and modern opinions of the English Civil War.

National Curriculum links
This session has been designed to complement the study of the English Civil War, and particularly the following exam boards:

  • OCR A Component group 3: British depth study & historic environment - Personal Rule to Restoration 1629-60.
  • OCR A Component Group 2: Power - Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 to 2014.
  • AQA Paper 2: Shaping the Nation, Section A - Power and the people: c1170 to the present day.
  • Edexcel Paper 1: Warfare and British Society - c1500–c1700: Warfare and English society in the early modern period.

Booking information

Availability
Mondays to Fridays on request
10.30
Duration
90 minutes
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£105 plus admission

 

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