Courses at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education is a department within the University that provides continuing education mainly for part-time and mature students. It is located at Rewley House, Wellington Square, and at Ewert House, both in Oxford. The Department is one of the oldest providers of part-time adult education, having been founded in 1878 at the forefront of the University Extension movement.

Noble Violence in Early Modern Europe

Course details
Code: O22P135HIJ
Fees: From £75.00
Date: Saturday 04 March 2023
Time: 9:45am-5:00pm
Location: Online or Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA
Contact: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 270368

Just how violent were the nobility and gentry in early modern Britain and Europe? What forces drove so many of them to participate in honour-based violence and duelling in this period?

This one-day event will analyse the changing nature of noble and elite violence in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It will ask how far the English experience was any different from other parts of Europe. We will examine the nature of the duel and how different notions of honour shaped the issuing and sidestepping of challenges. We will explore some of the opportunities presented to historians by primary source evidence such as judicial records, as well as their limitations.

This day school brings together for the first time four of the leading experts in this field, and concludes with a roundtable discussion where they will answer questions from the audience and debate their views on the nature of elite violence in early modern history. To promote our understanding of the material culture of duelling, the Royal Armouries will display some of the kinds of weapons used in these deadly combats.

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Parliament at War: The House of Commons and the British Revolution, 1640-1660

Course details
Code: O22P137HIJ
Fees: From £75.00
Date: Saturday 27 May 2023
Time: 9:45am-5:00pm
Location: Online or Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA
Contact: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 270368

How did parliamentary politics operate during the Civil Wars and Republic?

This hybrid (online or in person) day school sheds new light on this question from the perspectives of both Westminster and the localities. It celebrates the launch in 2023 of 9 magnificent new volumes by the History of Parliament’s House of Commons 1640-1660 section. This constitutes the largest single publication yet within the History of Parliament series, and totals 7 million words of detail on the constituencies and biographies of MPs who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1660. The day school reunites this project team to reflect on the project’s contribution to scholarship of the Civil Wars and Interregnum.

We will begin with an overview of this flagship project from its Emeritus Director who will review the section’s key findings and outline avenues for future research. We will then explore how party politics operated in 1640s Westminster, illuminating the divisions and factional infighting within the parliamentarian cause. We will also consider the local experience of Oxfordshire and Thames Valley MPs, as well as the role of family politics in the eventual collapse of the Cromwellian regime in 1659.

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