Free online course offers insights into the time of Richard III

As the first anniversary of the reinterment of Richard III approaches in March, our University is relaunching its highly popular online course that explores what it was really like to live in the world of the last Plantagenet King.

The latest run of the free ‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, will be launching Monday 7 March – and will offer a fascinating insight into life during 15th century England.

The course, run in association with FutureLearn, builds a picture of the England that Richard III inhabited in the 15th century and comes from the scholars in archaeology, history and literature who helped uncover the monarch.

It includes detailed video footage of preparations for the reinterment, interviews with the Dean of Leicester and others involved in last year’s landmark event.

The course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivered online to enable anyone to enjoy learning wherever they are, and whether they are enrolled at a university or not. There are no entry requirements, and it will entail about three hours of study a week.

It is one of a number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) run by the University. Other courses include Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum, Forensic Science and Criminal Justice and Real World Calculus.