Retired and living in sheltered housing. Needing some stimulation to keep my brain awake. I managed to get an OU degree - hard work though - starting at 9p.m. after the kids had gone to bed.

Location Cam, Gloucestershire


  • I have some unusual postcards that my grandad sent to my mother during WW1. They are very pretty fabric pictures

  • I m an ancient lady who is still trying to learn something new. I guess you are never too old to learn

  • Mr Pick who had no sympathy for the signal man

  • It sounds like a very dangerous and exacting job. As was said, a tired signal man was a dangerous man. They certainly needed the help of the unions to reduce their hours and pressure. Without their constant attention, the railways would not be able to operate. A vital job.

  • I just love trains especially steam ones.When I started work I travelled on the Brighton Belle to Victoria. A boyfriend was a stoker on steam trains and my uncle and family lived in Derby making carriages etc. I also want to keep my brain working even though the body is slowing down !! I am also interested in the decline of the canals as their work was taken...

  • For schools surely re-enactment would be well received.

  • Jo GOUGH made a comment

    hunger pain terror

  • In retrospect I believe that the Suffragettes probably did more harm than good with their illegal activities. It was the Suffragists, of whom little was known, that achieved votes for women if only for a limited few. This ability to vote was greatly increased after the First World War and then again after the Second. It was political coercion not violence...

  • The secret ballot is no good if you haven't got a representative people to vote for. i.e. not just those with capital to stand as candidates

  • I think that they were failures as they didn't represent the workers who couldn't afford union fees

  • Jo GOUGH made a comment

    To abolish slavery and to enforce the Chartist beliefs

  • So what about the uprising in 1848. Was this not revolution ?

  • Was this the bead that was used to fool Clarke ?

  • I am a 77 year old lady who is desperate to keep my brain functioning. I did an OU degree but it was mostly history. But of course, archaeology contributes immensely to our knowledge of the past. I am really looking forward to this course.

  • Piracy but not settlement. That was done under James !

  • Jo GOUGH made a comment

    It sounds as though the Elizabethan period did not explore or settle in the New World

  • It sounds as though she really was her father's daughter. Both became exceedingly bad tempered and tyrannical with advancing age and ill health

  • It is very sad that James's mother was killed by the English but they still considered him the rightful heir.

  • By getting married, Elizabeth would become a "second" rate person who had to consider her husband's views before her own. She was a strong woman who wanted things done her way if possible and therefore, becoming a second-rate person was not on the cards.

  • I am sure that the men of the period found it very difficult to work under a woman, particularly one of high intelligence and education. In many ways she was a good role model for women of today and should be admired .

  • The term Bloody Mary which still persists today, creates an image of a woman to whom you can show no sympathy. A political manoeuvre

  • The status of women in England didn't really change until after the First World War so the status of 16th century women is not surprising

  • It was a coup because Mary had "might" on her side and was able to overthrow any opposition using force.

  • I think that the Tudor succession was easy to manipulate depending on the backing of the applicant

  • Mary was truly Henry's legitimate daughter so technically as the oldest sibling she had a right to the throne. However, I think that the beheading of Jane was cruel and unnecessary.

  • I think that possibly because of Edward's young age and reform, there was a fear that Catholicism would arise again and the iconic images would enhance this movement.

  • I am astonished that 15 councillors would give way to one in total defiance of Henry's will.

  • having done the course on Richard III , I am convinced he was not a tyrant and had no hand in the death of the princes.

  • His background didn't lead him into kingship. Far from it but his Mother was seeking power through her son and created the background for Henry to return and challenge Richard however insignificant his claim was.

  • I used to work in the Elizabethan House in Plymouth. Not mock but genuine. However, I wouldn't want to pour my urinal pots over the balcony nor go outside of the rear of the house for my kitchen.

  • I have read and enjoyed her novels but only as works of fiction and not as history books

  • He wrote Richard III who was not a Tudor but who was defeated by a "Tudor" This was inaccurate but was written thus to appease Elizabeth I an important Tudor

  • It can stimulate your imagination and drive you to find out more (usually closer to the truth)

  • I think we should be very careful about accepting the credibility of the films, plays etc. For example - Shakespeare's Richard III bears no resemblance to reality., It was a political work.

  • No Henry's claim was definitely doubtful but his defeat of Richard secured him a throne even if not legitimate.

  • Yes I to, was surprised. I had assumed that colour immigrants were here mainly for the slave trade. It is very enlightening to read that many were successful traders and business men.

  • I feel that Marlowe has been completely obliterated by Shakespeare. Where were Marlowe's plays performed and are many recreated today as Shakespeare's are ?

  • I feel that Richard III was written to appease the Queen therefore it veers strongly from the political truth.

  • Jo GOUGH made a comment

    I certainly remember Henry the most as a querulous old man. However my image of Elizabeth is a vibrant clever young woman. Her aged portraits don't resonate with me.

  • How can it be a male dominant times when Queen Elizabeth I ruled?

  • It seems that she has had a complete personality change from when she was a young girl.

  • Who were the Lower Classes ? Most of the "lower" people would have been illiterate and unable to sign a document.

  • It certainly gives rise to thought and speculation about the Queen and her practices and beliefs.

  • It does seem somewhat excessive as many of those killed were of the lower orders of society who had no choice but to follow their Lords into the rebellion. I am sure that they would much have preferred to stay at home toiling their fields etc.