The Border reivers
Crime and punishment on the Border: a different take on Elizabethan Anglo-Scottish relations.
Spymaster and spies in Elizabethan England
The often overlooked but highly effective Elizabethan spy network.
The reinterpretation of Mary Tudor’s life
A more balanced view of 'Bloody Mary', a pioneering female ruler in a deeply patriarchal age.
Female leaders in early modern Britain
The male-centric focus on kings and politicians too often ignores the fascinating female leaders in British history.
Resistance to british slavery in Jamaica (1690–1833)
A rare focus on Britain's role in slavery beyond the transatlantic slave trade.
The Renaissance – a comparison of city-states
A truly historical analysis of a a crucial period of European development and its key features: the Renaissance and its city-states.
Black Tudors – from the Tudor perspective
A comprehensive overview of the roles played in society by Black Tudors which challenges traditional assumptions about the nature of Tudor society.
Elizabeth I’s Foreign Relations
England’s role in the European scene changed dramatically during Elizabeth’s reign, and to understand how it happened, we must look at how Elizabeth herself shaped her own relations with both her European and non-European counterparts.
Elizabeth I and Religion
England experienced four types of religious reformations in less than 100 years: by analysing the Elizabethan settlement, pupils can explore aspects of the 'via media'.
Elizabeth I’s Rulership: Gender and Authority
Insights into the unique position Elizabeth I found herself in: a woman leader in a traditionally patriarchal society and context, who was seen as the absolute authority nevertheless.
Henry VIII’s six wives: influence and legacy
An overview of the contributions brought to Tudor history by the six women Henry VIII married, who all exercised some influence at court and beyond.
Witchcraft: A Social and Cultural Case
Gender and class are just some perspectives under which witchcraft can be studied historically.
Henry VIII’s relations with his chief ministers
This list examines the two dominant ministers in Henry’s reign: Thomas Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell to better understand the power dynamics in place at the time in Britain.
Henry VIII: The man behind the myths
This list analyses the character and the legend behind one of the most famous Kings of England, Henry VIII.
Picking sides in the English Civil War
The civil war is an important topic in the study of democracy and the development of the UK, but it can be difficult to teach because the reasons why people fought for each side are complex. This list sheds some light into the topic.
Edward VI: puppet king?
Edward VI remains a complex historical figure, and his attitude towards power deserves to be examined further. This list looks closely at the character of the young king.
Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart: a complex rivalry
The rivalry between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart has fascinated historians and the public for centuries. To teach this topic from a new perspective, recent scholarship in the public and academic domain needs to be at the forefront of the discussions.
The Gunpowder Plot
The Gunpowder Plot is celebrated each year in the UK on 5 November, also known as ‘Guy Fawkes Night’. But what actually happened is far more complex than the actions of a group of men who wanted to blow up Parliament.
Lady Jane Grey: political pawn
Lady Jane Grey remains a largely forgotten historical figure and yet her fate marked English history, however, this was a very important moment in Tudor history.
The Restoration and the Court of Charles II
A closer look at the Restoration, the role that Charles II's court played in it, and how this period shaped the future centuries of British and European history.
The ‘glorious’ reign of William and Mary
William and Mary are often overlooked by historians and the public, however society underwent significant and long-lasting changes during their reign.
Royal women of the Mughal Empire
This list explores the lives of royal women in the Mughal Empire, to demystify their roles and personal liberties, in what makes a fascinating case studies for students who are looking beyond the European scene.
Charles I’s downfall
Charles I is often vilified, which makes the approach to teaching about him, his reign and his downfall difficult. This list revisits the controversial figure with new perspectives.
The Royal Women of the Ottoman Empire
Women from dynasties other than the Tudor, Plantagenet and Stuart are often overlooked in British and European history - this list helps you bring them back into the narrative with confidence.
Tudor Royal and Noble Women: The Pinnacle of 'Soft Power'?
When it comes to studying Tudor history, the main focus has been on monarchs and on the men who gained power through advising and counselling these rulers. The truth is, political agency is more complex than the study of rulership itself.
Emigration: those who moved away from Britain, and those who were left behind
These resources offer teachers an opportunity to look at an established topic from a different angle, uncovering histories that have remained largely hidden until recently.
Plots and Rebellions in Tudor England
These resources offer a 360-degrees approach to socio-economic pressures of the time, dynamics between the different parts of the government and the people, and insights into the religious forces of the century.
Seafarers and the Colonisation of the New World
It is widely acknowledged that seafarers played a huge part in the colonisation of the world. This list explores primary sources alongside narrative history to reveal what was at stake during the early modern period.
Njinga of Angola, The African Warrior Queen
jinga's story is important as an account of resistance to colonialism, and it shines a light on female leadership. These resources provide context to her complex and difficult reign.
Islam and Early Modern Britain
Understanding the influence of Islam on early modern Britain is important in order to better comprehend the world we live in today, and these resources offer 360-degrees perspectives on the topic.
Women and the Renaissance
Through these sources, teachers can show students that women were significant contributors to the Renaissance: from writers to painters to sculptors, they were prolific just like their male counterparts.
The Jesuits in Japan
Using these fascinating resources, which consider both the European and Japanese perspectives, you can start interesting discussions on cross-religious and cultural encounters during the early modern period.
Hernán Cortés as agent of Spain in the 'New World'
These resources aim to help teachers discuss Cortés in a broader context, and to look at the complex cultural situation that enabled what followed: the fall of the Aztec Empire.