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Marvellous Medieval and Modern Margarets

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Marvellous Medieval and Modern Margarets

<p>Margaret is an ancient and noble name from Morvared, which means “pearl” in Sanskrit and Persian. This study of four English, a French and an American Margaret will focus on their life and times

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Margaret is an ancient and noble name from Morvared, which means “pearl” in Sanskrit and Persian. This study of four English, a French and an American Margaret will focus on their life and times and their considerable achievements: Princess Margaret Rose, Margaret Beaufort, Margaret of Anjou, Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Sanger and Margaret Cavendish the Duchess of Newcastle.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England 1430-1482 & Margaret Beaufort 1443-1509: Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and Margaret of Anjou, queen of England to Henry VI, the Lancastrian king, were formidable adversaries throughout the Wars of the Roses 1455-1487. They both qualify as 15th century warrior queens. Shakespeare described Margaret of Anjou as the “she wolf of France”. They were ruthless and ambitious for both themselves and for their only sons. While Margaret Beaufort’s son defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and established the new Tudor dynasty, Margaret of Anjou’s son, Edward of Lancaster, heir to the hapless Henry VI, was thought to have been murdered at age 17 after the Battle of Tewkesbury in May 1471 during the Wars of the Roses.
  • Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, 1623-1673: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was the first woman to attend a meeting at the Royal Society in Restoration England in 1667. At the Royal Society she debated the philosopher Thomas Hobbes and the scientist Robert Boyle. She was a prolific author, playwright and scientist in an era when very few women were published. Her utopian romance, The Blazing World is one of the earliest example of the science fiction genre.
  • Margaret Sanger 1879-1966: Margaret Sanger was an American social reformer and civil rights campaigner. She was one of the first birth control activists, opening the first birth control clinic in the USA in 1916. Her slogan was “No gods, no masters”. She was a nurse and author of many books on birth control sexual health and women’s rights
  • Baroness Margaret Thatcher (nee Roberts) 1925-2013: Margaret Hilda Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 1975 and was elected Prime Minister in 1979. She held the office of PM for longer than any other PM in the 20th century. She was PM for 11 years and 209 days. Her death in 2013 generated riots and rejoicing in areas of Britain where the mining industries had been devastated during her term in office.
  • Princess Margaret Rose (of the House of Windsor) 1930-2002: Princess Margaret Rose was the second daughter of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She was not destined to be queen after the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in December 1936 like her older sister Elizabeth II. Much of her life was overshadowed by scandal, gossip and conflict.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the essential features of the life and times of each Margaret
  2. evaluate the factors which led to their successes and failures
  3. account for the variations in the views of historians about them