The life and afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots: free online course from Future Learn


13 January 2022
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Explore the life of Mary Queen of Scots
Explore the 16th century life of Mary Queen of Scots, and her place in cultural history in the centuries that followed with a free online course created by University of Glasgow and available at Future Learn.

The course explores the complex forces that led to Mary’s rise and fall from power, and her imprisonment at the hands of a fellow monarch.

Students will also explore how Mary Queen of Scots’ life has been memorialised in popular culture, investigating why she is so deeply entrenched into our cultural history.


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The three-week course, taught by teacher and researcher Steven Reid of the University of Glasgow, covers the following themes:

  • Introducing Mary and her world; her early life
  • Mary Queen of Scots, 1561-87
  • 'In my end is my beginning' Mary's afterlife

Future Learn advise that the course would suit anyone with a personal or professional interest in the life of Mary Queen of Scots, 16th century history, or cultural history.

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It also covers culture, religion, and gender, as well as Anglo-Scottish relations through history.

You will also explore how Mary Queen of Scots’ life has been memorialised in popular culture, investigating why she is so deeply entrenched into our cultural history.

Registration is now open at the Future Learn website.

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