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England's Royal Scandals: Past and Present

Over the last few decades, royal scandals have received unprecedented media coverage. However, a study of past royal scandals—some several centuries old—will enable us to put the more recent events into historical perspective and to explore intriguing comparisons. The course will highlights divorce scandals, including Henry VIlI’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, as well as royal trials, secret family disputes, exile, the debauched court of Charles II, and the financial scandals of the Prince Regent. We also will examine how the House of Windsor has used the media, including the abdication broadcast of Edward VIII; TV interviews given by Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Prince Andrew; and the public speech made by Prince Harry as he and Meghan prepared for their new life in Canada.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with some of the most prominent royal scandals in recent history and the deeper past
  • An understanding of the dynamics between the royal family, the popular press, and the church over time

Ideal for

  • Anyone interested in British history or media history
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.