Dr. Susan Longfield Karr

This course explores a turbulent and transformative period in English and British history from about 1485 to 1689.

This period includes the Renaissance, Reformation, regicide, revolution, and civil war, witnessing dramatic changes in both church and state that led to constitutional monarchy, parliamentary sovereignty, religious toleration, and a rights-based jurisprudence that continues to shape the ‘Western’ legal tradition to this day.

We will examine how these changes transformed England from a backwater kingdom to a fiscal-military empire-state (beginning with overseas expansion ) and reflect on the significance of the Tudor/Stuart period for Britain and Europe, more generally at the turn of the eighteenth century.