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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course begins by investigating the personality, beliefs and policies of Charles I, the only King in English history to have been put on trial and publicly executed. It explores the extent of his responsibility for the outbreak of the English Civil War, and considers how far he brought his own fate upon himself. In the second week, we examine the personality and policies of Charles II, exploring his turbulent early life, partly spent in exile, and considering how and why he came to be restored to the throne in 1660. The course will then look at his career as King, his beliefs and motives, the use that he made of his powers, and the nature of his achievements. Throughout, the classes will make use of an extensive selection of primary sources. This is a 10 session course and must be taken with W110Am07 in week 1.


Course dates

16 Jul 2023 to 22 Jul 2023

Course duration

2 weeks

Apply by

25 Jun 2023

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Course code