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.