This free online course takes you on a journey through 15th century England, taking in archaeology, history and literature. You will learn about the Wars of the Roses, read medieval texts, investigate the livelihoods of medieval farmers and peasants, and discover all you need to know about the discovery and reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester.
The course addresses a different aspect of the period each week:
- medieval warfare
- the lives of peasants and farmers
- food and culture
- death and commemoration
- reading and the introduction of printing
The final week looks at the rediscovery and reinterment of Richard III, from the methods used by the historians and archaeologists who discovered and identified his remains in a Leicester car park, through to the memorable day when the King was finally laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral.
We'll look at how historians and archaeologists have reconstructed Richard's road to Bosworth - the battle in which he died -
and how one of England's most famous kings came to be buried in Leicester. This will help you understand Richard III's reinterment, as his remains were taken to Bosworth, through the villages connected with his last battle, and finally laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
How a MOOC works
MOOCs are flexible courses which allow you to participate at your own pace. Once a course has started you can study the week's material at a time that suits you. You do not need to be online at the same time as the other students. There is no requirement to visit Leicester - although you would always be very welcome if you want to come and have a look around campus.
If you want to leave your course at any point you may do so, whether or not it has already begun. You can sign up for the same course when it runs again if you want to have another go at it. There is no limit on the number of MOOCs you can take: if you think you have the time to do several simultaneously, that's fine.