Royals: The Stuarts and Hanovers

In this course we will examine the Royal houses of Stuart and Hanover that ruled, in succession, Britain for 300 years. The Stuarts ruled Britain for over a century, during which the country experienced the joining of England and Scotland into a personal union, civil war, the execution of a monarch, and religious strife. The course will continue with the Hanoverians, during whose rule Britain became a leading world power. We will reflect upon the rule of the Hanoverian kings, a key period in British history, during which Britain’s political system developed into the system we have today.

Featuring subject matter expert

Anna Whitelock
Anna Whitelock

Royal Commentator, Senior lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Anna Whitelock is a reader in early modern history and lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as director of the London Centre for Public History and Heritage.

How did the English look upon the Scottish King James VI as their new king?

The succession of the Scottish King James VI was remarkably a smooth and peaceful transition after centuries of rivalry between England and Scotland.

Course Overview

  • Witness multiple failed attempts to impose an absolute monarchy in Britain, as the nation is eventually declared a republic.
  • See how William and Mary, and then Anne, empowered the rule of Parliament, now consulted in all major national decisions.
  • Follow along as Britain wins the Seven Years’ War, becoming recognised as a world power in spite of its loss of colonies during the American War of Independence.
  • Watch the British Empire reach its pinnacle during the reign of Queen Victoria, handing over political power and taking on a more ceremonial role.
Course content
  • Full HD Video Lecture
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Certificate of Achievement





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