Elizabeth I: Politics and Power

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session Type: Route-based

In 1562 Elizabeth I contracted smallpox at Hampton Court Palace and lay delirious, apparently on the point of death. This was one of the most intense succession crises of her reign.

Led by a costumed interpreter, students will take on the role of the Queen's counsellors at the time of great danger. They will take part in a heated debate: if the Queen dies, who should have the throne?

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Availability
Monday to Tuesday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration
One hour
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£93 plus admission

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