Guardians of Scotland
Guardians of Scotland
An online history course on the First Scottish War of Independence. At your own pace the booklets take 2-4+ hours/ week over 6 weeks. From 6th January - 16th February 2018. No prior experience needed.
- Explore the stories of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the Good Sir James Douglas.
- Evaluate original sources and draw your own conclusions.
- Track and consider your understanding of major themes and events.
The course includes:
- A weekly journal with a narrative history, timelines, sources and activities.
- A Facebook page with regular posts of articles, images, original sources and multimedia.
- A guided discussion each weekend. (Sundays: 9 pm and Midnight GMT for an hour each).
There are no tests, papers or assessments, but each booklet includes some quick, optional activities such as investigating a particular original source or evaluating a historical character. By working through the course you can expect the following outcomes:
- A clear, evidence-based understanding of events at the time.
- Experience in working with a wide range of primary and secondary sources.
- Awareness of how to go about building evidence-based historical narratives.
- Familiarity with the options for using multimedia to promote history/ historical narratives.
- Plenty of approaches to continuing your historical research.
Posts/ threads are open at any time, so Sunday meet-ups are also entirely optional.
Guide: David Morrison MA (Hons), BSc (Psych) Open (Hons), Dip Lib, MCLIP, MBPsS, FHEA.
Experience: 20 years lecturing with the Open University - I'm on a LOA this year to try out a few projects of my own.
Guardians of Scotland starts with the early conflict when William Wallace and Sir Andrew Murray/ de Moray were to the fore. However, the fighting lasted for over 30 years and events become driven by Robert I or ‘The Bruce’ and his aide Sir James Douglas.
Participants will follow a thorough review of events during the conflict, while using a range of methods to investigating core issues and understandings about the period. The content is suitable for beginners and enthusiasts.
The suggested 2-4+ hours is sufficient to explore the PDF booklets and to scan through linked sites and media. However, by accessing a wide variety of archives and sources the course also opens up a route into much further investigation of the whole period.
PART 1 - THE ROAD TO BANNOCKBURN
- The Maid of Norway
This section covers events leading up to and including the start of the war, largely involving Wallace and de Moray.
- Robert I of Scotland
The conflict between Robert the Bruce and Edward I of England is discussed and Robert the Bruce is crowned as King of Scotland.
- The Dragon Banner
Edward I unleashes a campaign to defeat Bruce and to control Scotland.
- Capture the Castles
Robert I and James Douglas lead the Scottish fightback against Edward I's forces.
- The Battle of Bannockburn
PART 2 - THE SCOTTISH CRUSADE
- Talk of Templars
Reconsidering and evaluating Bannockburn and the events that followed.
- Lord of the Marches
The Good Sir James Douglas' guerrilla campaign.
- The Sow
The Seige of Berwick and related events
The Scots' Victory
- The Castle of the Stars
The Good Sir James sets off to take King Robert's heart on crusade.
- The Scottish Crusade
- The role of the Scottish Church within the conflict.
There are a few adjustments or improvements following from the Jacobites course such as:
- Links to locations within the text, as a sort of on-the-spot map/ gazetteer.
- A ‘lively’, events-driven narrative with investigations of parts of the narrative slotted in.
- In addition to the journal and the Facebook - web pages, (with password). This seems a good way to take pieces of 3D, castle cutaways and film clips aside for discussion alongside weekly themes. I kind of felt these could get a bit left behind among posts on Facebook.
Themes/ discussion topics under preparation include:
- The Medieval Arms Trade
- The Crusades
- Women participating in the War
- The ‘Celtic’ Church
- Material culture
- Myth and Sovereignty
I asked how things were going during the Jacobites course and these were among the replies:
"Thanks for all the incredible work you've done for this course."
"I also must say, what fantastic work you've put into this. I do my own presentations, so I know have long it takes."
"Finding time to devote to this is tricky at this time of year but I have put a line through a couple of days next week to really immerse myself. Fantastic work David which is now becoming a major reference work."
"Really enjoying this and you're doing a fantastic piece of work for us."
"Thank you David. I enjoyed learning about the history of Scotland."
"Thank you for the magnificent course. I‘ve learned a lot."
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